SUCRE Young Researchers Forum

On September 23rd and 24th, 2013, the SUCRE Consortium organized its Young Researcher Forum (YRF) as part of 2nd International Summer School on Services at KIT in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The event main goals were to expose its participants in current technical issues while working with Open Cloud Computing platforms, help familiarize junior researchers with open and contemporary problems in the area, and finally, offer a forum tointeract, learn and explore. YRF featured four distinguished speakers including Professor Omer Rana of Cardiff University, Professor Ewa Deelman of the University of Southern California, Dr. Markus Bauer of CAS Software AG and Dr. Josef Spillner of the Technical University of Dresden. YRF also offered hands-on experience in two specialized sessions where participants had to use Open Cloud Solutions to solve real problems. Lastly, the event provided junior researchers an informal setting to interact with both practitioners and experienced researchers in the area.

Prof. Rana focused on a number of fields for which Cloud Computing solutions are expected to play a major role in the years to come including environmental monitoring, social computing, trend analyses,energy management, support for smart-cities, just-on-time marketing and provision of emergency services. In his presentation, Dr. Rana put strong emphasis on the nature and volume of data requiring near-real-time processing, diversified models for offering Quality of Service guarantees to various classes of users, development of markets for services in the energy sector as well as mechanisms for enabling the rapid compilation of data analytics.

Prof. Deelman presentation focused on issues related to Scientific workflows executing on cloud infrastructures. She offered numerous examples of contemporary workflow applications and outlined their cloud computational needs. Practical problems on how and when to deploy scientific workflow management systems were discussed while the problems pertaining to resource provisioning in the cloud were discussed through a number of available tools and prototypes.

Dr. Bauer presented the development of SaaS cloud solutions from an industrial perspective and outlined key requirements for putting together effective SaaS systems, their software architecture implications, roll-out issues as well as operational problems including billing and offering good customer experience at all times. The talk also provided a glimpse into specific issues, ongoing problems and challenges from an operational SaaS Open Source cloud solution used by numerous SMEs around the globe.

Dr. Spillner focused on the bundling of cloud storage services and introduced the notion of service variation applied by popular online and cloud storage solutions. Service bundling was advocated as the key mechanism to attain security, safety as well as quality for cloud storage services. The concepts of service integration, regulation and automation through client-side storage controllers were discussed as they, in combination, offer the chance to move away from flat integration models to sophisticated yet effective distributed storage flows.

The meeting was attended by approximately 30 junior researchers at the MS/early-PhD level. They came from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Researchers participated in Q&As and the two practical sessions featuring the Esper Engine, the Open Source complex-event processing framework and the 45-minute Cloud Storage challenge. In these two sessions, participants formed groups and cooperatively attempted to address programming challenges. All groups presented their solutions and top/second-to-top teams were awarded Amazon certificates.

You can read the report of the event at http://sucreproject.eu/sites/default/files/1streportonyrf.pdf