PyParis’17 conference report

PyParis is a community-organised conference on all topics around the Python programming language. The expected target group are primarily practitioners and researchers in the greater capital region of France, but also international engineers and language advocates. At Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Python is taught as automation and statistics application language to more than 200 business engineering, aviation and traffic engineering undergraduates per year. It is furthermore used a lot in research, including several prototypes resulting from the Service Prototyping Lab. Therefore, it was consequential for us to attend the conference and to contribute an in-depth tutorial on one of our research topics, Function-as-a-Service, to its attendees.

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NetSys’17 conference report

NetSys is a regular biennial conference covering networked and distributed systems. This year, NetSys’17 took place in Göttingen, Germany. We have attended and report on some of the research and technology trends, obviously with a focus on our own research directions. Apologies ahead for not giving a full account of the whole conference as our presence was limited by lecturing duties.

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Global ICT Module: Swiss Students in China

chinesearchitectureSupported by Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme, 16 students from Swiss universities of applied sciences are spending a couple of education and project days at production and research facilities in China which cover the broad topics of telecommunications equipment, enterprise computing solutions and mobile handhelds. Among the participants, two study Computer Science and Business Information Technology, respectively, at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Their study programmes are complemented well by the technical and business contents of this on-site module.

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Highlights – 13th OpenStack Switzerland Usergroup meetup

Last evening we organised the 13th OpenStack user group meetup at ZHAW premises in Winterthur. The meetup was also a celebratory event to mark the 6th b’day of OpenStack and the OpenStack foundation supported the event by sponsoring it. I thank the OpenStack foundation on behalf of the Swiss OpenStack community.
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Highlights – Open Cloud Day 2016

Last week on 16th June, we held our 5th Open Cloud Day. It took place this year at our campus (ZHAW Winterthur). We co-located another event of ours with the Open Cloud Day, the SDN Workshop.

Open Cloud Day is a joint activity, organised annually by ch/open/ and our research group, Service Engineering. The SDN workshop, a biannual event, focussing on the Software Defined Networking topic in cloud computing, is a joint activity between SWITCH and us.

The one day event hosted about 130 people, ran in 3 separate tracks; main, SDN and workshops, and covered a vast area of cloud topics. PaaS undeniably was the most discussed topic where some speakers took a provocative stance and others towards a positive and “game-changer” aptitude. Continue reading

Calls for contributions to UCC 2016

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The 9th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2016) is going to run from December 6 to 9 in Shanghai. A number of calls are open to attract submissions of academic papers, hands-on demonstrations, project workshops and doctoral research plans. This brief blog post gives a convenient summary of the calls.
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7th Docker Switzerland User Group Meetup highlights

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Last evening we organised the 7th Docker user group meetup in Bern. The kind folks from Die Mobiliar hosted and sponsored the event. There was incredible participation for this meetup and about 160 people joined in.

There were 3 talks held in the meetup, Die Mobiliar and SBB shared their experiences about using Docker in production. The third presentation was from Swisscom, who talked about using Docker in Cloud Foundry. The speaker took the opportunity to release the Docker support feature for the Swisscom Application Cloud. The slides are in line, in the respective names.  Continue reading

Docker training + 3rd b’day celebration

On 23rd March, we celebrated Docker’s 3rd b’day. The lab is actively involved in organising Docker meetups in Switzerland, join the group to learn more about the upcoming events.

This particular meetup was one amongst the worldwide series of events that Docker was supporting. The 3rd b’day celebration event was held by offering free Docker training to the newbies. We had about 55 people who joined in the training and several of them successfully finished the training. Following picture shows the number of people who successfully finished the training and could pin up in the worldwide Docker map.

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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