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IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 – 9th International Workshop on Broadband Wireless Access

The 9th International Workshop on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) will be held in conjunction with IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 on December 9th 2013, Atlanta, USA

This edition will  provide a continuation of the successful BWA workshop series. This year, 31 technical papers will be presented, covering a wide range of topics in
the field of broadband wireless access research, and being complemented by the following keynote speakers and panelists:

The broadband wireless access topics emphasized in this workshop are
Novel physical layer techniques,  Novel MAC design for broadband wireless access,  Further evolution of multi-antenna and cooperative communications,  Management of dense, heterogeneous networks,  Novel forms of spectrum access and usage and Context-aware communications.

GENERAL CHAIRS: Dr. Patrick Marsch, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Poland; Dr. Andreas Maeder, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany

TPC CHAIRS: Dr. Arun Ghosh, AT&T Labs, USA; Prof. Giridhar K, IIT Madras, India; Dr. Peter Fertl, BMW Group Research & Techn., Germany

STEERING COMMITTEE: Prof. Thomas M. Bohnert, Zurich Univ. of Appl. Sciences, Switzerland; Dr. Dirk Staehle, DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe, Germany; Dr. Gabor Fodor, Ericsson Research, Sweden

Registration information are on the Globecom 2013 website.  BWA_Flyer

Future Internet Assembly (FIA Athens 2014)

The 11th Future Internet Assembly  will take place from 18 to 20 March 2014 in Athens, Greece.

This year the focus will be on “Reshaping the Future Internet infrastructure for innovation”.

Open call has been launched to select the best  9 FIA working sessions for the conference, selecting the proposals that cover aspects related to:

  • The new Internet technological landscape based on network/cloud integration through Software Defined Networking (SDN),  Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and innovative software and services that enable application innovation;
  • The contribution of  the EU National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) developments in the SDN/NFV domain;
  • The role of SDN/NFV in i) building Internet applications of major impact (e.g., social networks, open data, big data analysis, etc.) with virtual services capabilities; ii) enabling  the reduction in resources used (energy efficiency, reduction of raw-materials, etc….); iii) fostering the emergence of open platforms to create downstream markets for third party developers;
  • The EU Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) and how they are positioned relative to these developments and relevant requirements towards demonstration and test-beds in Europe/globally.

These sessions should:

  • Contain new and forward-looking ideas;
  • Feature a diverse array of presenters and experiences;
  • Introduce visionary ideas and practices which will inspire audience;
  • Promote cross cutting approaches and technologies to attract stakeholders and entrepreneurs;
  • Deliver best practices & creative approaches towards research and technological innovations;
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion.

The working session proposals can be submitted following the template available at  by Tuesday, 15th October 2013.


Information day in Brussels on the upcoming Open Calls of FI PPP

On Wednesday afternoon, 25 September 2013, the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership programme, FI-PPP, will hold an information day in Brussels on the upcoming Open Calls organised by the six FI-PPP phase 2 projects.

All FI-PPP phase 2 projects will run Open Calls for new project partners to complement their work. This includes the five use case projects FI-CONTENT 2, FI-STAR, FIspace, FINESCE, and FITMAN as well as the capacity building and infrastructures project XIFI.

This Open Call Information Day aims to give potential proposers first-hand technical and organisational information on the Open Calls.

Representatives of all FI-PPP phase 2 projects will present their calls and answer questions at the Information Day. Anyone interested in submitting a proposal to any of the six Open Calls is invited to participate in the Information Day. Participation is free, but registration is required.

The registration deadline is Thursday, 12 September 2013. + + + The number of seats is limited to 130. Registrations are coming in fast, soplease register soon.

Further information and the registration form for the Open Call Information Day in Brussels on 25 September 2013

On behalf of CONCORD SA  of FI PPP Programme


Campus Party – The O2 London 3-6 September 2013

Campus Party is an annual week long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival where thousands of “Campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and technophiles), equipped with laptops, camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment.

It is  the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world which unites the brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that “the Internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people.”

The event of this year is strongly supported by the EU Commission (see photos) with the participation of  FI PPP  FI-WARE project (ZHAW ICCLAB is a partner)  challenges that will be launched to promote the exposure, dissemination, and possible take-up of the FI-WARE technologies. All big names from the business sectors and gaming are present as well with respective platforms.

FI-WARE will offer technology  building blocks ( Generic Enablers ) providing certain functionalities that can be used by a large set of applications and developers at the Campus Party. Examples are cloud hosting, big data analysis, location software, Complex Event Processing, Publish/Subscribe Broker, Marketplace, IoT Things Management, Security Monitoring, Identity Management, etc. These will be made available via the Open Innovation Lab.
Yesterday the workshop on IoT technologies actracted many young developers at the FI-WARE stand to receive the IoT kit which is necessary to develop IoT applications for the contest. Today ICCLAB will contribute to the FI-WARE workshop “Advancing Web User Interfaces” – 16:00 – 18:00 – Using FI-WARE Generic Enablers (GEs), you can create fun applications and participate in the challenges. The  overview will teach how to perform advanced multimedia stream processing on GEs .
All is very very interesting here with many exibitions on: 3D scanners and printers, augmented reality,  games and brain controlled demos.
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Dell visiting ZHAW ICCLAB

ICCLAB is often kind to  organise and host discussions with key professors from academy and players from the industry.

Last 18th of July, Alba Julio and Montserrat Pellicer from Dell –  Enterprise Solutions & Networking visited us for an open discussion on Software Defined Network (SDN) technologies. Most of researchers were attending from ICCLAB.

The event, of about two hours, was dedicated to introduce respective activities and solutions on SDN, in particular for the cloud infrastructures. Due to the background of participants, on technologies for the network, some time was also dedicated to review how the introduction of SDN / OpenFlow is evolving or progressing with different success in the cloud and in the public network.

After a briefing on his technical background and career, Julio illustrated the strategy of Dell about SDN and the solutions going to be offered to the market. This are solutions for Data Center cluster infrastructures which are already introduced in some large customer installations.

ICCLAB is currently involved in studies of SDN based on Openflow solutions as also reported in other blogs .  Some of the OpenStack Cluster solutions can be deployed easily with a SDN architecture for the ICCLAB internal network infrastructure and data center test environments.

The second part of the meeting was dedicated to review possible forms of future collaborations. Concerning collaborations in EU research projects, Thomas Bohnert was so kind to introduce the Future Internet Public Partnership Programme (FI PPP) as one of the key element for funding in many ICT sectors.   It will be further evaluated possible participation to FI PPP and other programmes (H2020) together with common participation to scientific programme and workshops.

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30th Birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society

30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society

The 30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society (SI), held on Tue 25 June  in Fribourg CH, concluded successfully with more then 200 participants who globally have attended the thematic workshops in the morning, the inaugural Meeting of the Swiss AIS Chapter and the plenary in the afternoon.

We post hereafter relevant topics on the Cloud Computing workshop, moderated by ZHAW ICCLAB,  and the award ceremony.

Workshop: Cloud Computing in Switzerland

Cloud Computing is transforming the IT industry, and this concerns a high-tech country like Switzerland in particular. The resulting potentials and risks need to be well understood in order to be able to fully leverage the technical as well as economical advantages. This workshop  provided an overview of current technological and economical trends with a particular focus on Switzerland and its Federal Cloud Computing strategy

8:45 – 9:00  Intro by Christof Marti (ZHAW)
Workshop introduction, goals and activities on Cloud Computing at ZHAW.

The Cloud Computing Special Interest Group (SIG), whose formation is coordinated by ZHAW ICCLAB, was introduced with its overall goals identified  to stimulate the knowledge, implementation and development of Cloud Computing in Industry, Research, SMEs and Education. The Kick-Off meeting is foreseen in September (watch si-cc-sig or linkedin group for more details ).  Further information were presented on the InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLAB),  Research Lab dedicated to Cloud Computing in the focus area of Service Engineering encompassing important research themes and cloud initiatives like: Automation, Interoperability, Dependability, SDN for Clouds, Monitoring, Rating, Charging, Billing and Future Internet platforms.

9:00-09:20  Peter Kunszt  (SystemsX)
Cloud computing services for research – first steps and recommendations

The view of the scientific community on technological trends and the opportunities offered by Cloud Computing infrastructures.  Interesting start of the workshop by the Project leader of SyBIT ( Biology IT: SyBIT) with overview of possible cloud services for science and education, recommendation concerning commercial vs. selfmade clouds and possible pricing & billing models for science .

9:20-09:40 Markus Brunner (Swisscom)
Cloud/SDN in Service Provider Networks

Markus illustrated “why a new network architecture” with feature comparision of aging network technology (static) and current trend (dynamic) on global needs like cost effectiveness, agility and service oriented. The proposal was to  look at new infrastructures based on SDN (Software Defined Network) and NFV (Network Function Virtualisation). NFV is concerned with porting network or telecommunications applications, that today typically run on dedicated and specialized hardware platforms, to virtualized Cloud platforms. Some basic architectures were discussed and interplay of NFV-SDN.   The presentation concluded with analysis of challenges for Cloud technologies today for communication oriented applications like: Real-time, Security, Predictable performance, Fault Management in Virtualized Systems and fixed /  mobile differences.

9:40-10:00  Sergio Maffioletti (University of Zurich)
A roadmap for an Academic Cloud 

“The view of the scientific community on how cloud technology could be used as a foundation for building a national research support infrastructure”. Interesting and innovative presentation made by Sergio starting from the “why and what’s wrong” analysis through the initiatives in places (new platforms, cloud utilisation and long tem competitiveness objectives). The presentation also made an overview of how this is implemented with National Research Infrastructure program (the Swiss Academic Compute  Cloud project) and innovative management systems (a mechanism to collect community requirements and implementing technical services and solution ).  The presentation concluded on the objectives and targets like: inter-operate, intra/inter access to institutional infrastructure, cloud enabled,   research clustering and national computational resources.

10:00-10:20 Michèal Higgins  (CloudSigma) – remote
CloudSigma and the Challenges of Big Science in the Cloud

Switzerland based CloudSigma is a pure-cloud IaaS service provider, offering highly-available flexible enterprise-class cloud servers in Europe and the U.S. It offers innovative services like all SSD storage, high performance solutions and firewall/VPN services. Helping building the a federated cloud platform (Helix Nebula) that addresses the needs of big science, CloudSigma sees the biggest challenges and values to have huge data-sets available close to the computing instances. As a conclusion CloudSigmas offers the Science community to store common big data sets for free close to their compute instances reducing the cost and time to transfer the data.

         10:20-10:40 Muharem Hrnjadovic (RackSpace)

An overview of key capabilities of cloud based infrastructures like OpenStack and challenging scenarios were presented during this session.

10:40-10:45 All
Q&A session

Swiss Informatics Competition 2013

Aside from speakers and panel discussions, captivating student projects (Bachelors &  Masters in Computer Science), from Universities and High Schools Specialty, have been introduced  to illustrate the diversity of computing technologies. Selected projects by team of experts have been also awarded. The details on the student projects are available here.

 Some photos taken from the cloud computing workshop, the plenary and ending awards:

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OpenStack Birthday Celebration

The OpenStack foundation is celebrating its 3rd birthday this year and the ICCLab will be, as always, helping out at this year’s OpenStack birthday celebration. The event will be held on Coast of Zurisee near China Gardens Bellerivestrasse 138 8008 Zürich  on the 19th of July at 19:00.

It is for everyone that is interested in OpenStack, beverages and barbecues and all are more than welcome to come along!
If you want more details and to sign up, checkout the Swiss OpenStack User Group meetup page.

Location: China Gardens Bellerivestrasse 138 8008 Zürich

Events: 30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society SI today at the HES-SO Fribourg.

As announced in previous posts, we report below the agenda of the  Cloud Computing in Switzerland workshop, chaired by ICCLab  from 8.45 AM to 10.45 AM today at the 30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society SI – the HES-SO Fribourg.

8:45 – 9:00  Intro by Christof Marti (ZHAW)

Workshop introduction, goals and activities on Cloud Computing at ZHAW.

9:00-09:20  Peter Kunszt  (Systemsx) 

The view of the scientific community on technological trends and the opportunities offered by Cloud Computing infrastructures.

Cloud computing services for research – first steps and recommendations”

9:20-09:40 Markus Brunner (Swisscom)

The view of the operators on how cloud computing is transforming the ecosystem and related risks & challenges.

9:40-10:00  Sergio Maffioletti (University of Zurich) 

The view of the scientific community on how cloud technology could be used as a foundation for building a national research support infrastructure.

“Roadmap for an Open Cloud Academic Research Infrastructure”

10:00-10:20 Michèal Higgins  (CloudSigma) - remote

The view of the industry on how cloud computing is transforming the ecosystem and related risks & challenges.

“CloudSigma and the Challenges of Big Science in the Cloud”

10:20-10:40 Muharem Hrnjadovic (RackSpace)

An overview of key capabilities of cloud based infrastructures like OpenStack and challenging scenarios.

10:40-10:45 All

Q&A session


Upcoming Events: 30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society SI on Tuesday, 25.06.2013 at the HES-SO Fribourg.


The SI represents the computer science profession in Switzerland: professionals with a university degree or equivalent qualification, educational and research institutes, and companies that contribute to computer science. It networks its members and represents their interests in politics, education, business and research.

The 30th birthday of the Swiss Informatics Society will be holding a celebration event this Tuesday () at HES-SO in Fribourg. The programme is available here.

Including the inaugural Meeting of the Swiss AIS Chapter, from 8.45 AM to 10.45 AM there will be six parallel workshops: Green IT, Open Government Data, Cloud Computing in CH, Usability in der Praxis and Entertainment Computing.

The Cloud Computing in CH workshop is chaired by ICCLab and it will cover the following track theme:

Cloud Computing is transforming the IT industry, and this concerns a high-tech country like Switzerland in particular. The resulting potentials and risks need to be well understood in order to be able to fully leverage the technical as well as economical advantages. This workshop will provide an overview of current technological and economical trends with a particular focus on Switzerland and its currently released Federal Cloud Computing strategy.

The speakers will be: Christof Marti (ZHAW, moderator),  Peter Kunszt  (Systemsx), Markus Brunner (Swisscom), Sergio Maffioletti (University of Zurich), Michèal Higgins  (CloudSigma) and  Muharem Hrnjadovic (RackSpace).

Final agenda of this workshop will be posted  soon.







Open Cloud Day 2013

Open Cloud Day 2013

Another successful  Open Cloud Day 2013 held on 11-Jun-2013 in Winterthur in cooperation with  /ch/open and  ICCLab.

Over one hundred participants from academies, operators, industries, SMEs and open source organisations attended the plenary, the two parallel sessions and panel discussion. Relevant presentations on OpenStack and CloudStack architectures were discussed by Muharem Hrnjadovic and Sebastien Goasguen, respectively, and was complemented by other speeches by companies and providers that base their business of these platforms and other open platforms like CloudSigma, Anolim, EveryWare, Citrix and Cisco. Specific topics and architectures like Cloud/SDN, PaaS (Christof Marti), Elasticity and Automation were presented with in-dept discussions.

The plenary session gave the opportunity to introduce strategies for the cloud infrastructures and in particular for the Swiss Government and  Swiss Academic Open Cloud. In the first session Willy Müller (ISB) gave an update on the state of the cloud strategy of the Swiss Federal Government. This raised the discussion on the importance of security and privacy aspects for data stored in the cloud and the needs for a governmental cloud strategy. Next, Dr. Jens Piesbergen (Netcetera) presented the Swiss Governance Cloud (SGC) offering of Netcetera and partners and the challenges bringing eGovernment applications to the cloud. The 3d presentation “Open source goes Cloud” introduced the “Die Deutsche Wolke” an initiative to build a federal cloud infrastructure in cooperation with several OSB Alliance members (100% sites in Germany and under German jurisdiction).  The plenary also covered the positions of industries like Cisco (server architectures, virtualisation, automation and new configuration of data centres), Red Hat (OpenShift as PaaS infrastructure to meet the IT challenges needs to accelerate, automate, and standardise developer workflows) and CloudSigma detailing the challenges in delivering reliable and scalable performance to customers and the role of SDN for SLAs requirements.

The afternoon was dedicated to two parallel tracks for specific presentations by actors involved in the business of the Cloud mainly. Below are summaries of some of the presentations.

Track1 – Open stacks and independence

  • EveryWare AG – “Cloud provider Independence with Chef“: Features and capabilities of the automation platform CHEF can be used to realise independency for moving from a cloud operator to another. Key aspects of configuration management adaptation have been developed as well.
  • Rackspace – “Elasticity in the OpenStack cloud“:  After having introduced a graph describing the elasticity and benefits in the cloud, the interesting presentation had a special focus on the automation of the scaling and triggers to activate scaling actions within the framework of the OpenStack architecture. Elasticity using OpenStack Heat was shown with a note that the autoscaling functionality was just contributed by Rackspace through the Otter project.
  • ICCLab, ZHAW – “Provide your own PaaS environment (on OpenStack)“: The goal of PaaS is to provide developers an easy to use flexible, scalable and stable environment for their applications and let the provider do the operations of the underlying infrastructure and services. Providing your own PaaS system puts you in charge of this demanding task. The presentations gives a brief overview on how complex and challenging these systems are, using the example of CloudFoundry and BOSH.
  • Anolim – “Hand on experience with CloudStack“: This presentation provided a good B2B vision of the CloudStack from the perspective of a provider. In particular regarding the aspects of NaaS, Multi-Tenancy, Self Service Portal and utilisation of Amazon APIs.
  • Citrix, Apache CloudStack – “The Apache Cloud Ecosystem“: CloudStack together with other Apache projects helps to build a real open source cloud infrastructure. The utilisation of API wrappers allows connectivity of multiple cloud providers to data storage infrastructures. The presentation was useful to understand how Apache projects can deploy public or private cloud.

Track2 – Management, security for open clouds.

  • Stepping stone – “Automation in the Cloud – Using Open Source Software“: The stoneycloud service was presented as the foundation of their public cloud offer to thin provision new servers of customers. The Zabbix software was presented for the monitoring and configuration management based on Puppet software. The entire process was nicely shown with an example.
  • Bundesamt fur Landestopografie Swisstopo – “Load testing in the Cloud“: Mapping applications and those using satellite data are extreme bandwidth consuming. The presentation introduced the Federal Spatial Geodata Infrastructure (FSDI), launched on Jan.2013. In the presentation, how the cloud service’s load impact was detailed which was essential work used to prepare the large official go-live of their service.
  • Grid Computing Competence Centre, University of Zurich – “Roadmap for a Swiss Academic Open Cloud Infrastructure“: SwiNG roadmap presentation for promoting the adoption of Open Cloud Infrastructure for supporting scientific computing research on a Swiss wide academic scale.
  • Swisscom – “Cloud/SDN in Service Provider Networks“: The relevant focus was the paradigm called Network Function Virtualisation (NfV) and its relations with the Cloud, software defined networking and open innovation.

The conference was concluded with the panel discussion moderated by Pietro Brossi (ZHAW) involving Willy Muller, Sergio Maffioletti, Muharem Hrnjadovic and Sebastien Goasguen with relevant questions like “Where is the cloud computing today in Switzerland?” and “Where is the heading in next 2 years?” In all, the day was an excellent one, with excellent talks and organisation.






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