SPLab Colloquium on Serverless Continuum

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.

Continue reading

SPLab Colloquium on Robust Modern API Design

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.

Continue reading

SPLab Colloquium on Serverless Scientific Computing

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.

Continue reading

Carlo Vallati visits ICCLab

Carlo Vallati visited the lab in Aug/Sept 2015 – here is a short note he wrote on his time here.

I had the pleasure of visiting ICCLab during Aug/Sept 2015 to work on a research proposal. By way of background, I am a postdoctoral researcher with Computer Networking Group (CNG) at the University of Pisa. My research interest focuses on the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine applications.

I visited the ICCLab for a month to write a proposal for the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme. The proposal focuses on providing cloud support for the execution of Machine-to-Machine applications – applications that rely on direct interactions with objects such as sensors and actuators – with low latency interaction requirements. In particular, the project will work on extending the current cloud computing architecture through the integration of cloud nodes close to physical devices, e.g. Fog nodes or Local Data Centers. Should the proposal be successful, it will provide funding to enable me to work on this topic with ICCLab and an industry partner (the proposal includes a secondment to a specific industry partner). Continue reading