CloudCom’18 – The 10th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science

From the 10th until 13th of December 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus, the 10th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science took place. This slightly delayed conference report briefly recapitulates the event from our subjective participation perspective.

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End-to-end testing of cloud-native applications

In our research group, we have for many years observed and systematically explored how cloud applications are being developed. In particular, we focus our investigations on cloud-native applications whose properties are largely determined by exploiting the capabilities of modern cloud platforms for both their development and operation. As we are involved in European research on testing cloud applications (Elastest), our aim was to look at the current project results through the cloud-native glasses. This blog post reports about end-to-end testing of composite containerised applications from this perspective.

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First International Workshop on Cloud-Native Applications Design and Experience — CNAX 2018

Our SPLab organised a full day workshop on cloud-native applications (see the web page and call for papers of the CNAX 2018) within the IEEE/ACM UCC/BDCAT 2018 umbrella.

The workshop was organised in collaboration with Ivo Krka from Google and also supported by Jorge Cardoso from Huawei. The blending of industry and academic research has always been a key point in cloud-native work which relies heavily on fast-paced innovation.

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Diving into the Helm ecosystems: From charts to metrics

In recent months, we have extensively studied Helm charts, including setting up a continuous quality assessment, to find out more about this promising packaging format for Kubernetes applications. Apart from individual tweets and occasional talks, there was a lack of a coherent presentation of the ongoing work. Yet, due to the increasing installation base of Kubernetes stacks, the significance of this work appears to be on the rise. This blog post therefore tells what we achieved already and what we are still going to do in the next months.

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Review of the 11th IEEE/ACM UCC and 5th IEEE/ACM BDCAT conferences

From December 17 to 20, 2018, our lab proudly hosted the 11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC) along with its collocated event 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies (BDCAT). We welcomed around 200 attendees in the Zurich Technopark, making it a record event in the multi-year conference series, the biggest neutral cloud conference in Switzerland, and a successful venue to present and discuss recent advances around the wider field of utility, big data and cloud computing. This blogpost briefly summarises the event and gives some information about how it came all together.

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Extending cloud management platforms with cloud functions

Through several years of research on the subject of cloud functions, researchers including ourselves have gained a thorough understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of function-based application development. Along with increased maturity of FaaS, a more specialised consideration of potential use cases is needed to filter out the ones where the technology shines compared to the ones where significant weaknesses become apparent and other technologies, perhaps even in combination, would be a better fit. This early experience report informs about how we have deployed cloud functions around an existing cloud management platform as a variant of the well-known solar system approach of introducing microservices around monoliths.

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Invitation to the Zurich Cloud/Big Data/Serverless Week

At Zurich University of Applied Sciences, in particular at the Service Prototyping Lab, we are very proud to announce a packed global technology event week which brings many international experts in cloud computing, big data computing and serverless computing into little Switzerland. Join us for more than 140 unique technical and scientific talks over five days!

11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing – UCC 2018

5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies – BDCAT 2018

From the 17th to the 20th of December, we expect around 200 attendees at the Technopark to discuss trends and progress on many cloud and big data topics. Apart from the two main conference tracks, there will be a cloud challenge, a doctoral forum, a posters presentation, 4 tutorials, and 8 workshops on diverse emerging topics (e.g. cloud-native, sustainable big data for environments, software testing, security and trust). Broad industry support is lined up to support the event with attendees and corporate support. Daypasses start at 350 CHF.

Check the UCC and BDCAT websites for programme and registration!

European Symposium on Serverless Computing and Applications – ESSCA 2018

In addition to UCC and BDCAT, we offer a community-priced event on the 21st of December where starting with 50 CHF you can attend to listen to 16 expert talks and tutorials on the trend topics of serverless computing, FaaS and cloud functions.

Check the ESSCA website for programme and registration!

Red Hat Forum Switzerland 2018

The past September 11th the annual Red Hat Forum of Switzerland took place at the Arena Sihlcity in Zurich and, of course, we were there!

 

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ESOCC 2018: Service-oriented and cloud-native system challenges

The European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing (ESOCC) is among the most recognised community-run venues to discuss technological advances among researchers and practitioners. Its 7th edition (ESOCC 2018) just took place in Como, Italy, and we were participating for three reasons: to present a paper on migrating multi-container applications between clouds, to sense new challenges ahead especially in the cloud-native space, and to connect stronger to fellow researchers from across the continent.

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Colloquium on “Microservice migration: motivations, patterns and antipatterns”

At the Service Prototyping Lab, we were honored to receive another international speaker in our colloquium series this year.  Davide Taibi  assistant professor (tenure-track) of cloud and web engineering presented his ongoing research at Tampere University of Technology.  Specifically, His research interests include software quality and cloud migration in continuous architecting processes, supporting companies in migrating to microservice-based architectures while keeping technical debt under control. Before, he was assistant professor at the Free University of Bozen (Italy), post-doc at the University of Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer IESE, where he replaced prof. Dieter Rombach during his sabbatical year, and Ph.D. at the University of Insubria (Italy) under the supervision of prof. Sandro Morasca.

Davide Taibi

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