The founding idea of the Computer Systems Laboratory (CSL) was the sense that community will lead to more creative thinking. The faculty and students of CSL see it as more than a way to share resources and infrastructure in a collaborative space. The CSL community is built around a fundamental sensibility about what it means to be a researcher.
Science education tends to guide students into increasingly narrow silos of specialization, often causing them to miss out on opportunities to gain different perspectives—to think like other researchers. CSL integrates alternate perspectives into the research mindset by intentionally mixing people from different research groups and different departments.