European Commission Cloud Report – Cloud & the Future


The European commission recently released the outcomes of a number of cloud computing expert meetings in the form of a report. Members of the ICCLab have contributed to this report, “A Roadmap for Adanced Cloud Technologies under H2020“. It builds and follows on from previous reports (see previous summary article here). The report identifies 10 main technological topics for areas of research in cloud computing and categorises them into three topics: immediate, sustainability and game-changing. This report is especially useful for those wanting to understand where certain priorities lie for the EC’s H2020, the successor to the FP7 research and innovation programme.

Installing Gitorious on Solaris SPARC

Recently we setup a server for version-control that can be used for internal and external projects here at the ICCLab. However, the service will not be available for public but the following hints may help you if you want to setup a similar appliance. Actually is gitorious our second choice, originally we want to use gitlabhq for this but gitlabhq uses the Google V8 JavaScript engine which will not compile on SPARC architecture. Here is a brief comparison of github (not gitlab) vs gitorious.

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2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup


We (ICCLab and ZHGeeks) are pleased to announce the 2nd Swiss OpenStack Meetup. It will happen on the 19th of February in Zurich at ETH. If you’re keen and interested in attending then please register here.

If you are interested in giving a talk then do give a shout out at the meetup site or simply message @OpenStackCH on twitter. Currently there are talks planned for:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

CFP – 1st international Workshop on Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN 2013)

1st international Workshop on Mobile Cloud Networking (MCN 2013)

Organized in conjunction with IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC 2013) 9-13 June 2013, Budapest, Hungary.

The workshop will address the integration of two technologies that are  expected to have significant impact in the ICT area for the next 
decade(s): next generation mobile communication networks (mainly 4G)  and cloud computing. While mobile communication networks have been 
established decades ago and are still continuously evolving, cloud  computing became a hot topic in recent years and is expected to have 
significantly impact on novel applications as well as on ICT  infrastructures.

Cloud computing and mobile communication networks have been considered separate from each other in the past. However, there are various 
possible synergies between them. First, access to cloud storage and computing service via wireless/mobile networks should be optimized in 
terms of delay, bandwidth and energy consumption from an end user perspective. Second, there is an increasing trend to implement more 
and more functions of a mobile communication network in software, e.g., for signal and protocol processing. This enables the use of 
cloud computing infrastructures as processing platforms for signal and protocol processing of mobile communication networks, in particular 
for current (4G) and future (5G) generation networks. In particular, the integration of protocol and application/service processing enables 
several opportunities to optimize performance of cloud applications and services observed by the mobile user, whose device is connected to 
the cloud via wireless access networks. The workshop will discuss emerging technologies in cloud computing and mobile communication 
networks. Moreover, it will focus on possible integration scenarios and synergies between them.

The workshop solicits original contributions in the topics of interest for the workshop. Those topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Protocols and wireless network technologies for mobile cloud applications
- Network virtualization for mobile cloud networks
- Energy-saving at mobile end systems in network elements supporting 
mobile cloud applications
- Distributed mobility management, including mobility prediction
- Future Internet architectures and protocols for mobile cloud 
computing, including content-centric / context-based networking
- Network and protocol support for delay-tolerant applications
- Cloud computing in opportunistic networks
- Management and allocation of mobile cloud resources, including SLA 
- Cloud service management and migration
- Seamless handover support for mobile cloud applications
- Resource and service monitoring in mobile cloud networks
- Physical radio resource sharing
- End-to-end performance of mobile cloud applications
- Novel cloud-based implementation architectures for mobile 
communication networks
- Quality-of-Experience in mobile cloud applications
- Cloud-based applications and services for mobile users, including 
social networks
- (Participatory) sensing and mobile cloud applications, including 
data aggregation
- Security and privacy issues of mobile cloud computing, including 
authentication and authorization
- Accounting and charging of mobile cloud services
- Testbeds and performance evaluation for mobile cloud networking and 

Workshop Chairs:
- Torsten Braun
- Luis M. Correia
- Georgios Karagiannis
- Edmundo Monteiro
- Almerima Jamakovic

Important Dates:
- Registration of abstract: January 4, 2013
- Manuscript submission: January 11, 2013
- Acceptance Notification: February 22, 2013
- Camera-ready: March 8, 2013

Submission Procedure:
Paper length should not exceed five-pages standard IEEE conference 
two-column format (including all text, figures, and references). You 
may use the standard IEEE Transactions templates for Microsoft Word or 
LaTeX. Alternatively you can follow the IEEE Communications Society's 
guidelines for attendees and authors. Only PDF files are accepted for 

To submit the paper, use the EDAS online submission system. All 
submitted papers will go through a peer review process. All accepted 
and presented papers will be included in the IEEE ICC 2013 
proceedings. IEEE reserves the right to exclude an accepted and 
registered but not presented paper from the IEEE digital library. 
Extended versions of selected best papers will be recommended for 
publication in Special Issues of prestigious International Journal.