The eternal software circle of life continues to pose non-trivial challenges. Developers write code, run tests, push and/or deploy, perhaps leading to more tests, and finally see their software used in production. Eventually, they might see everything working out correctly or rather not, as indicated by log messages, user complaints and other side channels, and even more eventually, when nothing else gets in the way, they might even attempt to fix the problem at any code location which might have a probability of contributing to the issue.
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.
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.