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ICCLab visiting MIT SENSEable City Lab

During his travel in USA, in Jun 2014, the researcher Antonio Cimmino (Zurich University of Applied Science, ICCLab) had the opportunity to visit the MIT SENSEable City Lab, in Cambridge Massachusetts USA, invited by the Director Dr. Carlo Ratti.

The SENSEable City Lab is radically transforming the way the cities are described and understood; alongside the tools they use to design them and impact on their physical structure. Studying these changes from a critical point of view and anticipating them is the goal of the SENSEable City Laboratory, a new strong research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab), is deeply involved in the Future Internet Public Partnership Programme (FI-PPP) of the European Commission which includes in its objectives enabling infrastructures for the internet and use cases for smart city sectors.

It is therefore envisaged that in future the initiatives of the two Laboratories, might have some common activities and collaborations at same international events.

Many thanks to the staff of Carlo.

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Swiss Informatics SIG CC kick-off meeting – 21-May-2014


The participation to the announced Swiss Informatics SIG CC  kick-off meeting, hosted by ZHAW ICCLAB on 21-May-2014 in Winterthur, was good (industrial, SME, academic and associations) and the assembly confirmed that overall objectives of this Group are the understanding of cloud computing technologies and related supporting actions for Swiss industry, research and education.

To achieve these goals many actions were discussed in the agenda, like: Promoting the technological progress through joint research, Cloud Computing in Higher Education, Survey and armonise existing Swiss initiatives and groups on Cloud Computing,  Establishing personal and business networks, Dissemination and co-organisation of relevant events, Provision of advisory services and H2020 consultation contributions, Swiss Gov projects, Focus on relevant open-source platforms and delivery of the results with white papers when needed.

The dissemination will be through social media, SIG CC portal (coming soon based on ) and mail list.

The General Assembly for the SIG will be held in six months and announced through our  channels. The scope of the next meeting will be the approval of medium terms objectives  and confirmation of the identified board. Contributions, minutes and web portal will be available in next weeks.

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Swiss Informatics SIG CC kick off meeting

ZHAW ICCLab, as president of the Swiss Informatics Society (SI) Cloud Computing Fachgruppe, is setting up this Special Interest Group (SIG) in Switzerland (SI-SIG-CC).

The Special Interest Group on Cloud Computing Kick Off meeting will be held on:

21-May-2014 from 9:30 to 14:30  at
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Address: Technikumstrasse 9, 8400 Winterthur

ROOM: TE 419

The overall agenda is:

9:30      Intro and Welcome (Chairman)

10:00    Defining the scope of the SIG – Technical, Academic and, Industrial and Impacts

11.00    Coffee Break

11.15    Long term objectives

12.15    2014 Objectives

12.45    Governance structure, tools and next meetings

13.30    Lunch

To register please send and email to

ICCLab News-April 2014 Issue n.1


ZHAW Service Engineering ICCLab sporadically sends Newsletters with short information about latest activities of the lab and relevant events.

In this issue

  • Welcome message
  • FI-PPP at FIA 2014 in Athens
  • ICClab node on XiPi portal of Future Internet infrastructures
  • Major event: 1st European Conference on the Future Internet in Bruxelles
  • Next events: Open Cloud Day 2014, ICCLab workshop
  • Relevant call for papers
  • Project Corner
  • Tutorial: Cloud Native Applications


The InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab) and the Service Engineering focus area of the ZHAW University welcome you to this first issue of the New Letter. We will provide you with all updates on relevant scientific and technological activities in Europe and Switzerland with main topics and initiatives carried out by our Lab. The News always includes progress on our projects and a technical tutorial at the end. ________________________________________

FI-PPP at FIA 2014 in Athens


Athens hosted the annual Future Internet Assembly conference at Megaron Athens International Conference Centre on 18-20 March, where more than 400 European Internet scientific and economic actors, researchers, industrialists, SMEs, users, service and content provider representatives have  attended, delivered new ideas, and shared views, aiming at advancing activities for reshaping the Future Internet. The themes of this year event went along new Internet technologies based on network/cloud integration & virtualization and innovative software, services and cloud technologies to enable the innovation of the applications.  The presence of the Future Internet Public Partnership Programme,  Twitter ) at FIA 2014 has been assured by dedicated sessions and by FI PPP project  booths represented by relevant projects like XI-FI (ZHAW is partner), FI-WARE (ZHAW), FI-CONTENT2, FINESCE, FI-STAR and  FITMAN.


ICCLab node on XI-PI portal.


Within the activities of the project FI–PPP Infinity, last year it was created a dedicated portal to improve and facilitate the registration, discovery and uptake of the Future Internet experimental infrastructures, and to make it easier for Future Internet developers and experimenters to use the XiPi portal in order to find relevant infrastructures for their testing requirements.  The datacentre of ZHAW ICClab, hosted at Equinix Zurich, is part of the XI-FI federation since 2014 and you can find all information on ICCLab node in this XI-PI portal.


Major Event:

1st European Conference on the Future Internet


On 2-3 April 2014, the Future Internet PPP organised the 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) in Brussels. This ha brought together key stakeholders to discuss how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020 through innovative Internet technologies. ZHAW ICCLab was part of the event organisation as partners of the CONCORD project.


Next events:

Open Cloud Day 2014


10. June 2014 – 09:00 – 17:00 –  University of Bern, Unis

Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Bern, A003

Motivation and Goal

Cloud Computing becomes more and more important. To get the full power of clouds in the view of /ch/open these clouds should be open according of the principles open cloud initiative. The goal is to foster open clouds and interoperability of clouds. Especially, taking into account the requirements of public administrations and SMEs. In this conference especially concrete stacks are discussed. In the afternoon are held specific workshops. The developments in Gov Clouds are also discussed.

The conference builds on the success of two previous Open Cloud Days in 2012 and 2013.

Possible Program

The event is planned as a full day event with a single track and 1-2 training session for specific cloud stacks. The themes will be: Clouds for Public Administration, Success Stories of implemented clouds, Details of Cloud Technology, Cloud interoperability, How to avoid/minimize lock-ins, Platform as a Service.

Next Event:

Workshop on Scientific Computing in the ICCLab Cloud

The ICCLab is pleased to invite you to the upcoming Workshop on Scientific Computing in the ICCLab Cloud. This workshop will focus on how to leverage the ICCLab Cloud infrastructures for executing scientific applications in a distributed, high performance environment.

The workshop’s agenda will include several talks describing applications from different areas of science (physics, mathematics, machine learning, etc.), highlighting their requirements from the ICT perspective. The workshop will also include a comprehensive overview of Hadoop and a tutorial on how to deploy, configure and use a Hadoop cluster on the ICCLab Cloud through the Savanna OpenStack project.

The workshop date and the full program are to be announced.


Relevant Calls for papers

  • The IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC) is seeking original and innovative research papers in all areas related to Cloud computing.
  • From 2014, TCC will publish 4 issues per year. For details of the submission process, please consult the relevant Web pages


Project Corner


After the Kick-off meeting held in Jab 2014, the project is progressing with the definition of the use cases and scenarios as part of the WP2 activities. All these requirements and specification will be used as input for the architecture of the project.



The project held its XIFI World Summit 2014 on 26-28 March in Zurich. One of the objective of the meeting was  to start the inclusion of new partners as result of the open calls. ZHAW ICCLab is one of the new partners joining the consortium. Technical aspects, needed to include new data centers in the XI-FI federation, have been introduced as well as the project status and relevant deliverables.


The project is progressing fast with the re-organisation of the supporting actions and FI-PPP governance model, as result of the phase-3 of the programme which has a major objective the marketization of the solutions and numerous open calls that will be issued by the new accelerator projects.



News: 14/03/2014

  • From 27 January to 31 March, participants have submitted their ideas for the Smart Society Challenge or prototypes for FI-WARE Excellence.20.  Selected teams for each challenge will receive a €2,800 prize and enter the final phase of the contest. During this phase a jury composed of FI-WARE platform developers and other experts will advise candidates on how to improve their prototypes before ultimately presenting their final versions.


ZHAW is actively engaged in the GEYSER project which is focused on making urban Data Centres more energy efficient. One of the key aspects of the project is the relationship between the Smart City and the Data Centre: Data Centres can generate energy as well as be flexible with respect to energy consumption. For this reason they are particularly interesting players in an urban grid. The project had a meeting in ZHAW in February and is working through the requirements definition of the GEYSER system.



Cloud Native Applications

A cloud-native application is drafted and designed to take full advantage of cloud platforms. The cloud-fication also identifies any application re-architecting or service to take advantage of cloud principles. The result of this process is a cloud-native target. Such targets have common behaviors and characteristics.    A cloud-native application is assumed to have as main properties to leverage cloud-platform services for reliable, scalable infrastructure and to scales horizontally, adding resources as demand increases and releasing resources as demand decreases. In particular, it upgrades without downtime and scales automatically using proactive and reactive actions.

Some key design principles include: the use of non-blocking asynchronous communication, in a loosely coupled architecture, and handles transient failures without user experience degradation with  node failures without downtime.  Since the under lied architecture is based on cloud resources, the cloud native applications optimize the costs to run efficiently and without wasting resources. However, they are designed to using geographical distribution to minimize network latency and include monitors and application logs even as nodes come and go.

Where did these characteristics come from?

There is evidence that companies with a large web presence have clouds with some similar capabilities.

As these characteristics show, an application does not need to support millions of users to benefit from cloud-native patterns.  The architecture of the application makes a solution cloud-native, not the choice of platform.  It is more cost-effective to architect new applications to be cloud-native from the start then transforming legacy applications. There is no need to for every application to be cloud- native. This is a business choice defined driven by technical insight.



Editor: Antonio Cimmino, ICCLab ZHAW

ZHAW ICCLab Contributors: Thomas Michael Bohnert, Andy Edmonds, Piyush Harsh, Cristof Marti, Sandro Brunner, Philipp Aeschlimann, Mathias Hablutzel, Sean Murphy, Vincenzo Pii, Diana-Maria Moise, Florian Dudouet.

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FI-PPP Programme receives funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The European Commission has no responsibility for the contents of this publication.




3rd IEEE CloudNet conference 2014

IEEE CloudNet 2014

The third IEEE Cloud Networking conference will take place in Luxemburg from 8 to 10 October 2014 in Luxemburg.

The technical program will include special sessions having the objective to complement the regular program with new and emerging themes like Data Center Network Management, Reliability, Optimization, Distributed Data Center Architectures and Services, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Energy-Efficient Datacenters and Networks, Internet Routing of Cloud data, Cloud Traffic Characterization and many others available here

This edition foresees a session on Mobile Cloud Networking proposed, and chaired, by the FP7 MCN project which is technically coordinated by ZHAW ICCLab.


Open Cloud Day 2014 – 10 Jun 2014, Bern

Open Cloud Day on 10-Jun-2014

University of Bern (Universität Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Bern, A003)

Swiss Open Systems User Group

Motivation and Goal

Cloud Computing becomes more and more important. To get the full power of clouds, in the view of /ch/open, these clouds should be open according of the principles open cloud initiative.  The goal is to foster open clouds and interoperability of clouds. Especially taking into account the requirements of public administrations and large, small and medium-sized businesses.  In this conference, concrete stacks are presented. The conference builds on the success of two previous Open Cloud Days in 2012 and 2013.


The event is planned as a full day event with a single track and three workshops –  training sessions in the afternoon. The programme addresses overall: Clouds for Public Administration, Success Stories of implemented clouds, Details of Cloud Technology, Cloud interoperability and EU Future Internet programme (FI-PPP). One workshop of the afternoon is dedicated to the OpenStack and CloudStack technologies with user groups.

As in previous editions, the target audience will encompass:  CIOs and Technical Managers, IT staff in public administrations and businesses, Technical Architects, System Engineers and Software Developers, Members of Open Source cloud projects and Cloud software vendors and service providers.



1st European Conference on the Future Internet – ECFI Brussels, 2-3 April 2014

Brussels, 2-3 April 2014
Early bird registration deadline: 1 February 2014
The 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) aims at bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020 through innovative Internet technologies. In this context, industry and political stakeholders will discuss central socio-economic and technological topics of Future Internet infrastructures and services in Europe.
The event will present cutting-edge research results on the European Internet infrastructures and services of the future, which have been developed in the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP). The FI-PPP is a European programme for Internet-enabled innovation aiming to accelerate the development and adoption of Future Internet technologies in Europe.
Target audience
ECFI is particularly targeting political stakeholders, including representatives of public bodies and private associations, as well as ICT industry stakeholders, including innovation managers and CIOs from large and medium-sized companies, who are involved in shaping the networks and services of the future.
Key benefits
Attending the event will give participants a number of key benefits, including:
The opportunity to discuss with peers from industry and the political domain how Europe can achieve global leadership in ICT by 2020
A clear understanding of how FI-PPP initiatives, projects and actions in FP7 and Horizon 2020 will achieve the goals of the Innovation Union
Insights on the latest developments in Future Internet technologies
Direct access to key players in European Future Internet initiatives who are the drivers of the Internet infrastructures and services of tomorrow
A unique opportunity to discuss major Internet-related topics with political and industry stakeholders
Europe’s competitive advantage in the Future Internet
ECFI will cover a wide range of Future Internet-related aspects of direct relevance for Europe’s competitive advantage in the short- to mid-term, which will be discussed in high-level plenary sessions and three parallel tracks:
The role of the Future Internet for innovation in Europe
Privacy and data protection
Crossing the chasm – moving European R&D to the market
A European roadmap for Future Internet infrastructures
Virtual power plants – Smart energy grids of the future
Future Internet – Enabling opportunities for vertical application sectors
Business models for the use of Future Internet technologies
Network infrastructures for Smart Cities
Future Internet at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity
Future Internet – Smart Products for a Smart Digital Europe
A line-up of high-level speakers  will share their insights at the event, including:
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for Digital Agenda
Mario Campolargo, Director ‘Net Futures’, European Commission
Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chair of EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer
Luigi Gambardella, Chairman of ETNO
Patrice Chazerand, Director Digital Europe
Event format
The event will consist of a conference and an exhibition.
At the plenary sessions of the conference, keynote speakers will share and discuss their insights on how the Future Internet can sustain Europe’s competitiveness through generating innovation across different sectors. The parallel conference sessions will explore a variety of Future Internet-related topics. The exhibition will showcase results by the different projects of the Future Internet PPP, giving participants the unique experience of putting their hands on tomorrow’s technologies and for directly talking with the people who are developing them.
Further information and registration
Further information and registration are available on the event website at
Early bird registration deadline: 1 February 2014
The number of participants is limited to 250.
Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP)
represented by Mr Ilkka Lakaniemi, FI-PPP Programme Chairman
FI-PPP on Twitter: @FI_PPP
Event hashtag: #ECFI1
The FI-PPP Programme receives funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The European Commission has no responsibility for the contents of this publication.

5th Swiss OpenStack User Group Meetup – at University of Zurich

5th Swiss OpenStack User Group

This fifth edition of the OpenStack CH User Group has been dedicated to the networking aspects of OpenStack but not only.
More then 40 people attended the meeting on 24-Oct. from 18.00 to 21.00 at the University of Zurich, Irchel campus
Sergio Maffioletti (GC3 project director,  University of Zurich) gave a short welcome before the presentations started.

The agenda included four talks, of about 30 minutes, in the following order:

OpenStack Networking Introduction by Yves Fauser, System Engineer VMware NSBU

The talk encompassed this topics: Traditional Networking – refresher, OpenStack integrated projects big picture, Why OpenStack Networking is called Neutron now, Networking before Neutron, Nova-Networking, Drawbacks of Nova-Networking that led to Neutron, OpenStack Networking with Neutron, Neutron Overview, Available Plugins, Neutron Demo and Neutron – State of the Nation.

NFV and Swisscom’s Openstack Architecture by Markus Brunner – Swisscom

Markus Brunner gave an introduction to Network Function Virtualization and how Swisscom sees how its implementation in the service chain could help to overcome the increasing traffic vs. decreasing customer fees dilemma, by offering value added networking virtual services (firewall, IP-TV, …).  Another major aspect is to minimize the number of different hardware boxes by using virtualized components running on cloud infrastructure and reduce vendor lock-in.

Mirantis Fuel and Monitoring and how it all powers the XIFI FI PPP Project by Federico Facca – Create-Net – Italy

Federico gave a presentation on the  XIFI project, XIFI architetcure and Infrastructure TOOLBOX which has the objectives of automating the installation of host operating system, hypervisor and OpenStack software through the Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE). The TOOLBOX also defines and selects a deployment model among the ones available and discovers the servers where to install the software.
XIFI federation allows to specify a “role” (controller, storage, compute etc) for each server and makes set up & network configuration (vlan etc), supports registration of the infrastructure into the federation and finally tests the deployment so to verify that everything has been installed correctly.

Ceph Storage in OpenStack by Jens-Christian Fischer SWITCH

The presentation gave interesting hints on Ceph Design Goals, Ceph Storage options, Ceph architecture, CRUSH Algorithm, Monitor – MON and Metadata Server MDS.  Jens-Christian then concluded with information about OpenStack at SWITCH and Test Cluster.


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Create-Net Visits the ICCLab

ZHAW ICCLab – Winterthur 24/10/2013

ICCLab invited Federico Facca, from Create-Net, to give an overview of the research activities, of his lab, and relevant projects in execution.

Around two hours were dedicated to this event to exchange reciprocally information about the activities and innovation interests.

The first part of the presentation, of Federico, was dedicated to introduce how Create-Net is organised and areas of competences:

CREATE-NET,  headquartered in Trento – Italy, is an international research center which operates as a non-profit association and with a mission to  built around four key points: Achieve Research excellence in ICT, promote technology & innovation transfer and have a focus on key application areas and services. One of  key goals is to provide significant benefit to the Autonomous Province of Trento. It is mainly structured in the following application domains:Intelligent transportation and sustainable mobility, Interactive and mobile social media, Smart Energy Systems and Well being and e-health.

After this introductory speech, most of the time was dedicated to the FI-PPP XI-FI project and Mirantis FUEL tool that is used to automate the introduction and configuration of new nodes in the federated cloud  XI-FI.   Mirantis opened its private library, of configuration and deployment tools for OpenStack, to the public. The library, called FUEL, has already been used in many OpenStack projects that the company completed for its business customers. ZHAW ICCLab is very interested in Fuel because it will be used in its datacenter.

The event was concluded with a round table with introduction of reseach interests and projects by each researcher of ICCLab.

ZHAW ICCLAB and Create-Net are contributing to the FI PPP programme with their participations to FI-WARE and XI-FI respectively. Nevertheless, both the organisations are participating to the CONCORD supporting and coordination action of FI PPP.

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Future Networks 12th FP7 Concertation – FI Cluster Meeting

Green and Energy-efficient Networking Workshop – 22 October 2013, Brussels

This workshop on “Green and Energy-efficient Networking” is jointly organized by the FP7 projects TREND and ECOnet, together with the GreenTouch Consortium.

It is organized in the context of the FI Cluster and is also open to the relevant experts and researchers of projects usually participating in the RAS and CaON Clusters.

The agenda foresees presentations, panels and interactive (live) discussions between the participants.

The fisrt session of the day is dedicated to the “Energy Efficiency Modelling and Metrics” with presentations and interaction with participants. The topics discussed are related to core networks, wireless access networks and wired network devices including green metering & wireless network modelling by GreenTouch.

The second session addresses “Project Perspectives and Research Challenges” where the projects, dealing with green technologies, have the possibility to briefly present their focus, key outcomes, next steps in green networking. Presentations planned from UniverSelf, FLAMINGO, CONCERTO, MobileCloud, Content, GEYSER, eBalance, and others.

The workshop ends with panel discussion and Closing by EC Officers and Future Internet Cluster Chairs.

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