ElasTest Passes European Commission’s Review Successfully!

On July 18th in Brussels project partners presented ElasTest results and progress to a tribunal of three independent experts appointed by the European Commission and the EC Project Officer. The key project objective is to improve the efficiency of testing large-scale complex software systems. The ElasTest project is coordinated by URJC. ZHAW’s ICCLab is a key project partner delivering research and technology in the area of service delivery, monitoring and billing. 

The objective of this review was to evaluate the project progress and to show all technical evolution and of course check on the administrative coordination of the first 18 months. For assessing the project, the three reviewers analysed all the public and private information related to the project.

We had an 8 hours evaluation meeting and we were able to show the progress made in research, innovation, demos, exploitation plans, sustainability, and coordination issues of course were  also presented. The most challenging part was to show the demonstration of the software developed by the different project partners: a one-hour session in which all the software artifacts were successfully demonstrated, including the ZHAW work. All of these efforts were welcomed by the reviewers. Finally, after an initial deliberation, the reviewers communicated their decision to approve the project and congratulated the team on a successful review!

The project is now focused on the second phase: once the initial platform has been developed is integrated and its up-and-running, most of our efforts will aim to dedicate to research and create a community of users around ElasTest.

For more information on ElasTest checkout our site and code repositories.

Cloud-Announce Statistics and Policy

by Josef Spillner

One year ago, we started running the cloud-announce mailing list for the wider research community in the area of cloud computing. The list serves to connect people in this area, but it also serves as rough indicator of research trends and pace. It is time to reflect on the first year of operation, revisit some policy decisions, and give an outlook for 2017.

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FluidCloud presented at USENIX

The work on cloud service relocation that is being investigated by the ICCLab was presented at USENIX HotCloud13. In FluidCloud we ask the key question of

How to intrinsically enable and fully automate relocation of service instances between clouds?

and present an architecture to realise service relocation. Below you can have a look at the presentation (PDF here) and the paper itself (and eventually a video of the talk) is available at the HotCloud13 proceedings’ site.

Call for Participation : Cloud-based Service Platforms for the Future Internet

We would like to announce the 7th Workshop (Fachgespraech) on Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms, “Cloud-based Service Platforms for the Future Internet”, of the GI/ITG specialist group on Communications and Distributed Systems “Kommunikation und Verteilte Systeme (KuVS)”.

29th of November 2012, Technopark Building, Jägerstrasse 2, CH-8406 Winterthur, Room LT AE130, Winterthur, Switzerland

Registration: info.init@zhaw.ch

Agenda

830-900 – Welcome

900-1040

  • Robert Jenkins “Delivering Reliable Performance from a Public IaaS Cloud” (slides), CTO CloudSigma
  • Jyrki Huusko, Research Group Leader, VTT
  • Philip Healy, Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4)
  • Matthias Keller, Research Associate, Uni Paderborn
  • Sam Johnston, Director Cloud Innovation at Equinix

1040-1100 – Break

1100-1240

  • Jaime Martin Losa “eProsima RPC over DDS: Integrating Services in the Cloud” (slides), CTO, eProsima
  • Florian Antonescu, Research Associate, SAP/Uni Bern
  • Jean-Pierre Laisne, Open Source Manager, CompatibleOne, Bull
  • Guilherme Machado, Research Associate, Uni Zurich
  • Theo Lynn, Director,Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4)

1240-1400 – Lunch

1400-1540

  • Dominic Greenwood, COO, Whitestein Technologies
  • Julius Mueller, Research Associate, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Brian Trammell, Research Associate, ETH Zürich
  • Riccardo Murri, Research Associate, Uni Zurich
  • Sean Murphy, Entrepreneur/Senior Researcher, University College Dublin

1540-1600 – Break

1600-1740

  • Christof Marti, Assoc Prof, ICCLab/ZHAW
  • Alessandra Scicchitano, System Engineer, SWITCH
  • Bernhard Tellenbach, Assoc Prof, ZHAW
  • Oliver Friedrich, Senior Researcher, Deutsche Telecom
  • Thijs Metsch, Senior Researcher, INTEL

18.00 – Wrap Up (TMB, ICCLab)

How to get there

The event will take place at the:
Technopark Building, Jägerstrasse 2, CH-8406 Winterthur, Room LT AE130. www.tpw.ch

Transportation:
By rail: From Zurich central train station: take a regular train (IC,IR) from Zurich to Winterthur central station or S12 to Winterthur central station or S7 to Winterthur central station

By airplane: take a regular train from Zurich-Airport to Winterthur central station or S12 to Winterthur central station or S16 to Winterthur central station

Trains take about 25min from Zurich central station to Winterthur central station. Public transport schedules are available at: http://www.zvv.ch/en/ A ticket should be around ~25CHF (one-way)

At Winterthur central station take a walk to the campus, walking distance approx. 12 minutes.

Hotels in Winterthur:
Zhaw has special rate conditions with the following city centre located hotels. Please ask in any case for zhaw – pricing when making reservations Hotel Wartmann / Tel 0041 52 260 07 07 http://www.wartmann.ch/en/home.asp
Hotel Loge / Tel 0041 52 268 12 00 http://www.hotelloge.ch/hotel.html
Hotel Krone (Sorell Hotels) http://www.kronewinterthur.ch Hotel Banana City / Tel 0041 52 268 16 16 http://www.bananacity.ch/en Other accommodations and information about Winterthur:
http://www.winterthur-tourismus.ch/en/page.cfm/Unterkunft
Another option: Stay in Zurich & commute

Hotels in Zurich
http://www.zuerich.com/en/Visitor/accommodation.html

Call for Presentations

As the formerly divided Telco and IT industry continues to converge in the “Future Internet”, demand for “Cloud-based Service Platforms” is sharply rising. This important topic is thus made subject of this workshop and presentations are welcome in any domain related to cloud-based service delivery, that is service delivery and cloud hosting technology that adopts, exploits, consumes, or provides any kind of cloud attributes.

It is the objective of this series of workshops to support intense discussions among researchers from industry and academia in this challenging area gluing together applications and different network types.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • On-demand, elastic, and metered computing and service delivery
  • Software-as-a-service, Platform-as-service, Storage as a service, Data-as-a-Service, Process-as-a-Service
  • Cloud computing programming and application development
  • Trust, privacy, and security for clouds and cloud-based service platforms
  • Cloud and service platform performance (QoS, power-efficiency, load balancing, etc)
  • Cloud and services SLAs, business models and pricing policies, subscription model
  • Enabling virtualisation and hosting technologies, novel data centers and nano-centers concepts and technologies
  • Orchestration and composition of services and applications hosted in data centres and clouds
  • Pre-packaged applications and services hosted in the cloud, licensing and support policies
  • Novel cloud-based applications and services
  • Mobile cloud computing
  • Test-beds, pilots, and field trials, standardisation and regulatory issues

Important Dates and Submission Information:

  • October 23, 2012:  Deadline for Abstracts (2-3 pages max)
  • November 6, 2012: Final Program
  • November 29 2012: Workshop at the ICCLab at ZHAW in Winterthur
  • September 20, 2012: Register via email
  • Paper submission and registration: info [at] kuvs-ngsdp [dot] org
  • Language is English

Paper submission (Language is English) and registration: info@kuvs-ngsdp.org

Local (Swiss) Chairs

T. M. Bohnert and Prof G. Baudinot (ZHAW), Prof Dr T. Braun (Uni Bern), Prof Dr B. Stiller (Uni Zurich), Prof Dr B. Plattner (ETH)

Steering Board

Dr. Heinrich Arnold, Deutsche Telekom AG – Laboratories, Germany, Dr. Wolfgang Kellerer, DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany, Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, Dr. Karsten Schröder, Telefonica o2 Germany, Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University, USA, Dr. Steffen Weichselbaum, Vodafone D2 GmbH, Germany

Sponsors

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 Salesforce.com, 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).