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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Brief Summary of AWS Cloud Summer School Switzerland

AWS Cloud Summer School Switzerland was scheduled as a five-day event organized by Amazon. The event took place from September 3 – 7, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. From the outline, it appeared worth attending as it offered high-quality educational modules and hands-on labs. The SPLab was thus present at the event and this blog post aims to briefly summarize what took place and what implications can be inferred for the near future of cloud applications. Continue reading

Colloquium on Cloud Computing

At the Service Prototyping Lab, we were honoured to receive the fourth international speaker in our colloquium series this year. Christopher Hauser presented the ongoing research at Ulm University, specifically in the Institute of Information Resource Management whose research is centered on loosely and tightly coupled systems. The colloquium speaker focused more on the former and hence presented his talk «Research and Interests» with emphasis on cloud computing and heterogeneous systems. The main points of interest arising from the talk and the discussion are summarised in this article.

 

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Guest Lectures at Indian Institute of Technology – IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

On July 31 and August 1/2, purposefully disregarding the Swiss national holiday, the Service Prototyping Lab at Zurich University of Applied Sciences was represented at the premises of the Indian Institute of Technology, the former Indian School of Mines, in Dhanbad, the most populous city in the northeastern Indian state Jharkhand. Although the area is traditionally known for its coal and minerals industry, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad is also offering teaching, research and academic services including conference organisation in computer science fields. This matching profile with overlapping areas has triggered our interest, and thus Josef Spillner made the trip to offer guest lectures, tutorials and faculty-level discussions about future exchanges. This article reports on the days spent in Dhanbad.

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Call for Papers, Demos, Talks, Tutorials: ESSCA 2018

ESSCA – the European Symposium on Serverless Computing and Applications – is happening on 21 December 2018 in the ZHAW Toni-Areal tower in Zurich, Switzerland. Do you have anything to share related to FaaS, cloud functions, serverless applications and systems, as well as related technologies and software development experience? Please submit your proposals accordingly until 1 September.

Do not miss this opportunity to spread and deepen your knowledge on FaaS!

EclipseCon’18 France – Recap

SPLab was present at EclipseCon’18 France which was held on June 13-14 2018 in Toulouse, home of the Airbus Corporation. The hands-on sessions, keynote talks, the demo booth, the people who attended the 2 -day event made it really worthwhile to attend.

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