Category: Colloquium

SPLab Colloquium on Serverless Continuum

by Josef Spillner

The third invited talk in our colloquium series in 2018 was given by Martin Garriga, at that time finishing his time as post-doctoral fellow at Politecnico di Milano’s Deep SE group, and now continuing as lecturer at the Informatics Faculty at National University of Comahue (UNComa) in Patagonia, Argentina. Martin, like several people at the Service Prototyping Lab, has been interested for quite some time in serverless computing, as evidenced by his ESOCC 2017 article on empowering low-latency applications with OpenWhisk and related tools (see details). In his colloquium talk, entitled «Towards the Serverless Continuum», he reflected on this work and proposed a wider view on a spectrum from mobile applications over edge nodes to, eventually, powerful cloud platforms.

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SPLab Colloquium on Robust Modern API Design

by Josef Spillner

In the second invited talk in our colloquium series in 2018, Alan Sill from Texas Tech University’s Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center shared his views on how to manage data centres the right way. In the talk «Topics in robust modern API design for data center control and scientific applications», many issues were pointed out whose proper solution will effect the whole cloud stack up to the way cloud-native applications are designed and equipped with deep self-management capabilities. Both the talk and the mixed-in debates are captured by this blog post.

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SPLab Colloquium on Serverless Scientific Computing

by Josef Spillner

Maciej Malawski from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland, visited us today to give a colloquium talk titled «Can we use Serverless Architectures and Highly-elastic Cloud Infrastructures for Scientific Computing?» and to discuss research around the wider topics of workflows and cloud function compositions. This post summarises the talk and the subsequent discussion mixed with further general reflections on the state of serverless applications.

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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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ICCLab Colloquium: Byte-Code

Many thanks to Davide Panelli and Raffaele Cigni (Solutions Architects and co-founders) from Byte-Code for their visit and talk about a scalable e-commerce platform.

Byte-Code is a SME based in Milan, Italy, providing IT consulting services to customers around the world. The company has a strong focus on Open Source solutions and strategic partnerships with leaders of different markets.

The presentation (slides) introduces the company as well as the challenges of bringing Cloud Computing into the Enterprise world. Davide then went on to introduce a novel e-commerce platform capable of scaling dinamically thanks to features offered by technologies such as MongoDB and Amazon Web Services.

About Davide & Raffaele

Davide Panelli is a Solutions Architect and Scrum Master at Byte-Code. He’s responsible for creating Enterprise Architecture based on open source products.

Raffaele Cigni is a Solutions Architect and Groovy Specialist at Byte-Code. He worked for many years on mission critical J2EE/JEE projects constantly researching for better technologies and methodologies to develop enterprise class software, and for those reasons he started working with Groovy and Grails. Recently he’s focused on developing data processing systems based on DSLs created with Groovy.


ICCLab Colloquium : Stephan Haller from Vigience

Special thanks to Stephan Haller (Head of Solution & Service Delivery – International) for his visit and talk about  Vigience’s cloud applications and services.

Vigience is a globally active SME, providing high-quality products and consulting services in the area of cloud computing, mobile business and SAP. They serve their clients through their offices in Japan, Switzerland and the USA. The presentation (downlad slides) introduces the company as well as its two main products, QuiXilver and Overcast:

  • QuiXilver is a secure PaaS solution developed for teams of information workers. It is both a social collaboration platform to share files, communicate better, and manage projects as well as a platform to easily develop additional productivity and cloud data base applications.
  • Overcast™ is a business cloud computing environment to rapidly develop and deploy enterprise system add-ons and mash-ups. Overcast works with the leading business cloud platforms such as, Microsoft SharePoint and NetSuite. Enterprise connectivity is added through the Overcast Enterprise Gateway as a native service to these platforms, removing the need to install or learn a new middleware tool. Thus enterprise data from SAP, SQL Server or Oracle based systems can be exposed to the cloud in mere minutes in a scalable and secure way.

About Stephan
Stephan Haller (Head of Solution & Service Delivery – International)
Stephan leads the international solution and service delivery team, i.e. he manages consulting projects and ensures a high-quality service. His professional background includes many years at SAP where he was a Development Architect and Research Program Manager (RFID / Internet of Things).

ICCLab Colloquium – The Swiss Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

Willy Müller from the Swiss Federal Government visited the ICCLab and provided invaluable insights into the Swiss federal Cloud Computing strategy. Amazing to see the actual advancement of the Swiss approach. Another poof of Switzerland’s excellent sense of innovations and forward looking approach way beyond the financial and clock-maker industry.

Willy Müller, Informatikstrategieorgan Bund (ISB),  Projektleiter eGovCloud.

Abstract (Slides)
Die Bundesverwaltung möchte eine eigene eGovCloud Infrastruktur aufbauen und hat dazu eine Strategie in die Vernehmlassung gegeben. Willy Müller, wird im Rahmen dieses Kolloquiums wichtige Eckpunkte und Herausforderungen der Strategie vorstellen.