UCC 2017 Coverage – Day 1

Our own researchers Piyush and Josef are in Austin, the capital of the lone star state Texas to attend the current iteration of IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing which takes place in conjunction with the International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies. ICCLab’s and SPLab’s recent research results have been accepted as multiple peer-reviewed workshop papers and a tutorial presented on the first day and a work in progress poster which will be presented in the next days.

In this series of blog posts, starting with this one, we will present our views and analysis of the results that will be presented at this event by cloud researchers from around the world.

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Cyclops 2.0 is here!

Our flagship open-source framework for cloud billing – Cyclops has matured to version 2.0 today. Over the past several months, Cyclops team at ICCLab have gathered community feedbacks, worked systematically updating and re-updating the framework core architecture to make the whole work-flow of billing of cloud services clean and seamless.

The core components in principle are still same as in our previous releases: udr, rc and billing micro-services, but they have been written again from scratch with main focus on modularity, extensibility, and elasticity. The framework is highly configurable and can be deployed as per the unique needs of billing use-cases of any organization.

RCB Cyclops architecture 2.0

RCB Cyclops architecture 2.0

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Sneak Preview: ICCLab Cyclops IoT+Cloud Simulation Kit

What does half a spare day lead to with an ICCLab researcher? Something fun and interesting one would hope!


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Open source cloud billing engine Cyclops @ OpenStack CEE Day 2016

The Cyclops team at SE research group in InIT is pleased to announce their upcoming talk at OpenStack CEE Day 2016. Cyclops is undergoing development at breakneck speed and many improvements have been incorporated in the framework in last 6 months. Interested? Then hear us out in Budapest on June 06, 2016. Continue reading

Wanted: Researcher / Software Developer for Cloud Rating-Charging-Billing Systems

Job description

The Service Engineering (SE, blog.zhaw.ch/icclab) group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Switzerland is seeking applications for a full-time position at its Winterthur facility.

The successful candidate will work in the InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab) and will contribute to the research initiative on advanced rating-charging-billing (rcb) systems for clouds. Continue reading

Scale-UP

Title: SCALE-UP: Services for the Swiss Cloud for Academic and Learning Experts

Coordinator: SWITCH

Consortium: 

  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW
  • Fernfachhochschule Schweiz, FFHS
  • University of Berne, UNIBE
  • University of Basel, UNIBAS
  • Università della Svizzera Italiana, USI
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL
  • University of St.Gallen, UNISG
  • FHS St.Gallen, FHSG

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Apalia

Title: Amysta SaaS – A Comprehensive hybrid cloud cost management platform

Industry Partner: Apalia

Research Partner: ICCLab, ZHAW

Funded ByCommission for Technology and Innovation

Summary:
Cloud computing is increasingly providing the resource and computing needs of businesses and enterprises worldwide. With well known companies adopting a cloud based operating roadmap, the confidence in the business propositions of cloud computing is on an upward trend. While many traditional sectors including banking, health, and public sector’s government services still do not wish to lose complete control on resource management, even they are increasingly adopting virtualization and private cloud deployments to improve utilization. And in between, there are numerous organizations that adopt a middle approach – a combination of in-house infrastructure for critical computational and storage needs while using public clouds for non critical jobs to achieve price benefits and yet keep control on data and processes that they deem critical.

The above analysis is generally valid in all the three cloud service offerings – IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. It is increasingly becoming common for profit driven, agile enterprises to adopt a combination of all of the above – in-house private cloud + public IaaS + PaaS + SaaS solutions to optimize the Return of Investment (RoI).

The common task undertaken by any CEO is optimizing the financial outlay by identifying how each division is using the budget, what is the cost of using the resources and whether there is a synergy among various departments in terms of resource usage or not. With the gradual shift from a fully in house infrastructure to outsourcing some of the computing needs to public providers of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, this task of cost management is increasingly becoming more challenging.

The project aims to research models and algorithms addressing the concerns outlined above.

Announcing SCALE-UP Project

ICCLab, ZHAW is pleased to announce the successful start of the project SCALE-UP which is funded under program CUS 2013-2016 P-2 from swissuniversities. The project consortium includes 9 leading universities of Switzerland including EPFL, Universities of Bern, Basel, St. Gallen, USI, ZHAW, FHNW, FFHS, and FHSG. The kick-off meeting took place on August 28, 2015, at the project coordinator’s premises. The consortium is led by SWITCH. Continue reading

Get well soon Victor!

Everyone in the lab wishing Victor a speedy recovery. Get well soon Victor..

ICCLab

FUSECO Forum Asia 2014

FUSECO 2014 BaliICCLab participated in the first FUSECO (Future Seamless Communications) Forum in Asia, held in Bali, Indonesia on the 9th and 10th June 2014. The Forum was organised jointly by PT Telekom Indonesia and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The event was attended by around 300 guests from 14 countries and hosted talks on several technical and business aspects of emerging ecosystems within Smart cities and more.

The two day event featured four keynotes, six technical sessions, one vendor session and a final panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the establishment of smart cities infrastructure. In addition to the above, vendor exhibition from Huawei, Fiberhome, ZTE, Cisco and Fraunhofer were presented.

The first day of the Forum began with the opening talk by Prof.Dr. Thomas Magedanz (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Ir. Joddy Hernady and Ir. Indra Utoyo (Telekon Group Indonesia). Following the opening, two keynotes were presented. First by Prof. Dr. Radu P-Zeletin on “ICT Convergence enabling Smart Cities” and the second keynote by Indra Utoyo on “Enabling a Converged World though Ecosystem Solution”.

Three technical sessions followed the keynotes, first being “Digital Lifestyle and Smart City Applications as drivers for mobile broadband network evolution”, chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo (Uni. of Chile), The second session was “Smart City Network- Evolution Path from LTE towards 5G and SDN” chaired by Prof. Rui Aguiar (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal) and finally the third session “Internet of Things/M2M as backbone of smart cities” was chaired by Dr. Adel Al-Hezmi (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany) and Prof. Noel Crespi (Telkom Sued Paris).

The first day ended with a Balinese beach party and buffet for the delegates, giving them a chance to discuss on the subjects opened at the Forum and show a glimpse of the local food, dance and music.

The second day of the Forum started with two keynotes, first on “Mastering the Innovation Challenges of the Future Network Operators in an Emerging IoT World” by Dr. Roberto Minerva (Telekom Italia) and the second by Ir. Rizkan Chandra who talked on the challenges of the transition from a telecommunications company into a digital company.

Like the first day, three technical sessions followed the keynotes. First on “Future Internet Technologies and Enablers as Foundation for Smart Cities” chaired by Serge Fdida (UPMC Sorbonne University, France), sessions 2nd and 3rd (of Day 2) were on “Smart Cities- Best practices and current rollout plans” , 2nd chaired by Dr. Niklas Blum (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany) and Prof. Akihiro Nakao (Tokyo University, Japan) and the final session was chaired by Prof. Alfonso Ehijo (Uni. of Chile) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Supavadee Aramvith (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand).

On the 2nd day our own Thomas Bohnert gave a talk on FIWARE – A European Perspective on enabling Future Internet and Smart Cities. He was also one of the panelist on Panel-Smart City Ecosystems, Challenges, and Opportunities.Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 21.42.00

After the technical sessions concluded, a Dedicated Best Practice Vendor Session brought the Vendor exhibitors (mentioned above) to the stage to present their current engagements in Cloud based IMS deployments, Smart City portals and solutions in China.

The event ended with a final announcement, based on the successful execution of the first FFAsia, that the second FUSECO Forum Asia to be held in Bali again in mid 2015, which will also feature an additional IEEE FUSECO Workshop.

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