Modern software applications need to accomodate many technical and business demands. Over the past decade, the dominant industry trend has been to decompose applications into smaller microservices and to deploy them as composition atop various cloud platforms and devices. More recently, more suitable abstractions were proposed to build and describe such software. Software becomes adaptive, liquid and osmotic within a continuum of computing resources, ranging from high-end data centres (e.g. HPC) and multiple clouds over fog/edge/middlebox systems to sensors and end user devices including machines and mobile phones.
The University of St. Gallen, through its Latin-American-Swiss Center (CLS-HSG), is the Leading House for the Latin American region, granting incentives and developing joint research cooperation projects with numerous Latin American countries. One of the grant recipients is the Service Prototyping Lab at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, bringing programmability to fog-cloud continuum computing with its parters from UNICAMP in Brazil. In this blog post, a recent research slam featuring this and other chosen projects is summarised.
With the proliferation of hybrid cloud, cross-cloud and post-cloud environments, finding the right concepts and tools to produce mixed-technology applications and services remains challenging. At Zurich University of Applied Sciences, a course on Serverless and Cloud-native Application Development (SCAD) prepares bachelor students in computer science for facing these challenges. We argue that this is the first such lecture in Switzerland and probably even in the world. Three years after reflecting on Internet Service Prototyping teaching, this mid-semester blog post sums up the evolution of the field, explains the course design of SCAD and briefly reports on the lab results.