PrEstoCloud on Tour
Creating a trusted and transparent cloud market was the key theme of the CloudWATCH Summit which took place in Amsterdam on the 20th of September 2017. Pioneering SMEs, industry leaders and policy experts discussed, how the European cloud computing market will be shaped in Europe over the coming years. The CloudWATCH roadmap on understanding the economic, financial and market dynamics shaping the cloud computing market in Europe, and globally has been outlined in the summit.
Startups and projects pitched their innovative products, services and research results and described the importance of ensuring that cloud products are truly ready for market needs. Presenters highlighted the positive impact of the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regarding trust and effectiveness for both European and non-European resident market players who operate in Europe.
An expert panel discussed how to manage risk and how to look at the business value of cloud standards. Security certifications and interoperability standards are essential for ensuring that cloud-based services can be trusted by end-users and become a unique selling point for providers. Experts demystified the standards landscape and offered guidance on adopting essential standards allowing cloud technologists to stay safe and avoid vendor lock-in.
PrEstoCloud was represented in the Summit by Birgit Helbig, Software AG, and Dimitris Apostolou, ICCS, who presented a poster at the event highlighting the innovative aims and ambitions from the research project.
PrEstoCloud organised successfully the special session entitled "Intelligent systems and services for cloud accessible, data-intensive computing, ISS-CLOUD" in the 8th IEEE International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications, in Larnaca, Cyprus, 28-30 August 2017.
The special session focused on the integration of cloud computing with mobile services, which enables the development of systems that provide resources and services on an on-demand basis, process big data collected from mobile sensors, and support Internet of things (IoT) with massive cloud-based backend. Such systems may employ computational intelligence methods, utilise artificial intelligence approaches as well as decision making techniques for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of computing infrastructures, increasing security and data privacy while making infrastructure configuration, deployment and maintenance easier.
The following papers were accepted and presented in the special session:
- Seamless task offloading on multi-clouds and edge resources: An experiment, Andreas Tsagkaropoulos, Yiannis Verginadis, Dimitris Apostolou and Gregoris Mentzas
- Wide Area Video Surveillance Based on Edge and Fog Computing Concept, Georgios Kioumourtzis, Michalis Skitsas, Nikolaos Zotos and Anargyros Sideris
PrEstoCloud partners ICCS and ADITESS participated with papers which described early work on managing the seamless offloading of computation effort between cloud and egde resources (paper #2) as well as the requirements stemming from the use of cloud and edge computing resources for wide area video surveillance (paper #6), respectively.
Dr. Harald Schöning, Vice President Research at Software AG, gave a keynote speech on the topic of "A dynamic and distributed software architecture that manages cloud and fog resources proactively" at the 11th Symposium and Summer School On Service-Oriented Computing (SummerSoC) in Crete, Greece. The lecture on June 28th was about PrEstoCloud.
At SummerSoC, renowned researchers and leading industry practitioners gave tutorials and invited talks on current topics from the areas above. PhD students presented posters of their ongoing work and gave plenary presentations of their theses.
Intensive discussions during the PrEstoCloud meeting in June
Taking advantage of the inspiring air in beautiful Dubrovnik, our face-to-face meeting in month six was dedicated to a joint understanding between all project partners regarding the setting of the use cases.
Business KPIs like "paid cloud resources", "improvement of QoS performance" and more were mapped to technology assets such as "fog deployment", "autonomic resource manager" and others. Equally demanding were the big data architecture discussions and the deduction of technical requirements for the envisioned platform.
Dr. Yiannis Verginadis from the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) participated in the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science (CLOSER 2017) that was held in Porto from the 24th to 26th of April. The specific conference focused on several of the established and emerging areas of Cloud Computing concerning the infrastructure, operations, and available services through the global network. Dr. Verginadis presented a joint (ICCS, Activeeon and Nissatech) conference publication entitled: "PrEstoCloud: Proactive Cloud Resources Management at the Edge for Efficient Real-Time Big Data Processing". This paper essentially discussed the main challenges that PrEstoCloud aims to address and provides details on the PrEstoCloud vision that encapsulates a dynamic, distributed, self-adaptive and proactively configurable architecture for processing Big Data streams.
During this presentation, Dr. Verginadis argued on the advantages of combining real-time Big Data, mobile processing and cloud computing research in a unique way that entails proactiveness of cloud resources use and extension of the fog computing paradigm to the extreme edge of the network. A very focused and related audience of computer scientists with background on multi-clouds and fog computing domains, allowed for a very fruitful discussion and exchange of positive opinions over the mentioned issues.
- November 1-3 in London, United Kingdom
ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC): CNRS will present its work within PrEstoCloud, as well as preliminary results, with a poster entitled "Towards non-intrusive measurements of available bandwidth for multi-cloud applications"
- November 7-8 in Nicosia, Cyprus
Technical plenary meeting - Focus topic: Architecture