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Recent R&D Updates from CLOUDS Lab – Next-Gen Clouds, Fogs, Systems September 16, 2017

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in Cloud Computing, CLOUDS Lab News, Manjrasoft News, Uncategorized.
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It has been quite sometime we communicated. Let me share our recent R&D efforts in CLOUDS Lab, which of course reflect trends and new research directions our community is taking:
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1. Fog/Edge Computing paradigm is getting popular to meet requirements of emerging applications of IoT (Internet of Things). Of course, it complements Cloud computing by bringing a notion of Clouds to edge to support latency-sensitive applications. CLOUDS Lab at Melbourne is actively working on developing tools and technologies for Fog Computing. They include a Simulator (iFogSim), applications combining IoT, mobile, and clouds in areas such as healthcare, creating Fog environment using IoT devices, Fog devices (Raspberry pi) and enterprise/public clouds.

For details, please check out “Fog Computing Initiative” website:
http://www.cloudbus.org/fog/

This month our paper on a simulator for Fog Computing (iFogSim) is published. You can browse it from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/papers/iFogSim.pdf

2. I am involving in editing a book on:
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Fog and Edge Computing: Principles and Paradigms
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We love to receive a chapter contribution proposal from you. Please check a call for chapters for details: http://www.cloudbus.org/fog/book/

3. We have been exploring issues involved in enhancing Reliability and QoS Services in Systems supporting Stream and BigData applications. Outcomes of these efforts are reported in our recent papers:
http://www.buyya.com/papers/RPDI-Deadline-HybridClouds.pdf
http://www.buyya.com/papers/E-Storm2017.pdf
http://www.buyya.com/papers/BigData-eScience2017.pdf

4. Earlier, I shared about our efforts in putting together an article focusing on “Next Generation Cloud Computing: New Trends and Research Directions”. This work has been revised a lot to capture some of the recent trends and al,so address comments of external experts. The latest version has been accepted for publication in Journal – Future Generation Computer Systems. You can browse it from:
http://www.buyya.com/papers/NextGenCloudComputing.pdf
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Happy reading and have a nice weekend:-)

Cheers
Raj

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Manjrasoft in “The 10 Most Valuable Cloud Solutions Provider Companies” Listing April 25, 2017

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Manjrasoft is part of “The 10 Most Valuable Cloud Solutions Provider Companies” (March 2017). For details, please check out: http://www.insightssuccess.com/the-10-most-valuable-cloud-solutions-provider-companies-march2017/

CLOUDS Lab’s 2016 Annual Report April 25, 2017

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in Cloud Computing, CLOUDS Lab News, Manjrasoft News.
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On behalf of CLOUDS Lab and the Cloudbus Project, I am pleased to share
2016 Annual Report detailing its R&D activities, outcomes, and community
services. For full report, please visit:
http://www.cloudbus.org/reports/CLOUDS-Lab-AnnualReport2016.pdf

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The highlights of research activities and outcomes in 2016 are:

* The Lab’s flagship Cloudbus Project has released various new modules for Aneka, CloudSim and iFogSim. The new CloudSim Toolkit now contains modules for DVFS, web modelling, MapReduce application and Containers modelling. It has been used by several researchers in academia and industries around the world including Ericsson!

* The Lab successfully hosted four ARC research projects: Future Fellowship programme (Autonomic Cloud Computing), 2 Discovery Projects, and 1 Industry Linkage Project.

* The Lab successfully hosted research activities of over 25 scholars: 16 PhD students, 6 Research Fellows (4 at PostDoc level and 2 Software Engineers).

* “2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher” recognition from Thomson Reuters for a team member!
*  In 2016 alone, our papers have attracted over 8750 citations (ref: Google Scholar) and we hope this trend will continue!
* The Lab housed several (short and long term) international visitors (academic and PhD students) from India, China, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Korea, and UK.
* Our Lab’s spin-off company, Manjrasoft has been recognised as one of the Top 5 Cloud Apps companies by the Silicon Review Magazine.
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Wish you all a happy, peaceful, and prosperous rest of the year 2017.

Best regards
Raj

New Updates and Hot Topics for 2016 January 15, 2016

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in Cloud Computing, CLOUDS Lab News, Grid Computing, Uncategorized.
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Dear Friends.

Let me first, wish you and your family members a happy, peaceful, and spiritually progressive new year 2016.

Let me briefly share new updates from our side especially those happened in Dec. month:

1. In Dec. month, I visited Cyprus and presented a seminar
“New Innovations in Cloud Computing for Big Data Applications”
in University of Cyprus. You can access a video of talk:

2. In Dec.,  I also visited Iran and presented a keynote for “National Conference on Strategies for Development of Content Distribution Networks”. If you like to browse slides, please download:
http://cloudbus.org/talks/CDN-Cloud-Buyya-Keynote-2015.ppt

3. “A blueprint for greener cloud computing” written by Kristen Michelle Goodgam (a Journalist and colleague in Melbourne University) after interviewing me. It aims at broader audience. So, I am expecting everyone to understand it easily. Give it a try:
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/a-blueprint-for-greener-cloud-computing

4. I recently mange to compile all our publications for 2015. You can
access them from: http://cloudbus.org/publications-years.html

5. The topics that continue to be popular in 2016 are:

– Internet of Things
– Big Data
– Cloud Computing
(as many innovative applications are delivered through Clouds)
– Now “Fog Computing” is slowly getting popular. We recently wrote a
book chapter on it (to be published in “Internet of Things: Principles
and Paradigm” book by Elsevier/MKP. You can access early version from:
http://www.buyya.com/papers/FogComputing2016.pdf

The IEEE Computer Society has unveiled its Top 9 Technology Trends for
2016. You can access them from:

http://www.computer.org/web/computingnow/trends/Top-Technology-Trends-2016?lf1=7821492123a779218691134e54348018

Good news is that many them have commonality with ones I noted above and
also some of them are topic of CLOUDS Lab 2015 publications.

Happy reading!

Cheers
Raj

A blueprint for greener cloud computing January 15, 2016

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This article is actually written by Kristen Michelle Goodgam (a Journalist and colleague in Melbourne University) after interviewing me. It aims at broader audience. So, we am expecting all everyone to understand it easily. Give it a try:
https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/a-blueprint-for-greener-cloud-computing

CLOUDS Lab Mid Year 2012 Updates July 3, 2012

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Dear All:

Here are some new updates from CLOUDS Lab and also pointers to upcoming events:

1. An integration of Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing is leading to the creation of smart applications in areas such as environment modelling, business intelligence, smart transportation, and disaster management. We recently put together a vision and future directions article on this and published it as a Tech Report of our CLOUDS Lab. You can browse the report from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/papers/Internet-of-Things-Vision-Future2012.pdf

2. Recently we also published several journal papers in Cloud computing with focus on Admission Control, SLA Management, and Elastic Scaling of Cloud applications in InterClouds. You can browse them from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/publications-years.html

3. Two upcoming conferences — UCC 2012 to be held in Chicago and CCGrid 2013 to be held in the Netherlads are seeking papers. For details on Call for Papers, please visit event websites:
UCC 2012: http://www.cloudbus.org/ucc2012/
CCGrid 2013: http://www.pds.ewi.tudelft.nl/ccgrid2013/

Best regards
Raj

New developments in Cloud computing, Software Releases, and 2011 Annual Report of CLOUDS Lab March 19, 2012

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Dear Visitor:

I would like to briefly update you on various activities/events that occurred in CLOUDS Lab since Oct 2011. Key ones are:

1. CLOUDS Lab has successfully hosted 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2011) conference in Melbourne. The conference attracted participants from academia and industry from all over the world. We had invited talks presented from various IT companies including Fujitsu, Dell, Amazon, and Google. For full details on the conference program, please visit the website: http://www.cloudbus.org/ucc2011/

There is also conference Album, which you can browse to get the feeling virtually:-)

2. I have visited conferences held in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangalore, and Hyderabad and presented keynote talks. You may want to browse a keynote paper presented at CSC 2011 conference held in Hong Kong from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/papers/SLA-Cloud-CSC2011-HongKong.pdf

3. We have been working with members of CSMIC (Cloud Service Measurement Index Consortium) from all over the world. Our work with one of the leading members CA (Computer Associates) is described in our article:
http://www.cloudbus.org/papers/SMICloud2011.pdf

4. Early this year, I have visited Singapore and presented a talk on “Energy Efficient Cloud Computing”. You can download my slides from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/talks/Energy-EfficientCloudComputing-Feb2012.ppt

5. We also released a new version of CloudSim software. Pls see:
http://www.cloudbus.org/cloudsim/doc/release_notes.txt

6. CLOUDS Lab has become a member of Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), which is driven by user communities such as BMW. For more details, Check out:
http://www.opendatacenteralliance.org/

7. Finally, we wrote 2011 Annual Report on our CLOUDS Lab:-)
Please browse it from:
http://www.cloudbus.org/reports/CLOUDS-Lab-AnnualReport2011.pdf

All publications on CLOUDS Lab in 2011 are now online. You can access them from: http://www.cloudbus.org/publications-years.html

Wish you all a happy and prosperous rest of the year 2012.

Cheers
Raj

CLOUDS Lab’s 2010 Annual Report February 5, 2011

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On behalf of CLOUDS Lab and the Cloudbus Project, I am pleased to share
2010 Annual Report detailing its R&D activities, outcomes, and community
services. For full report, please visit:
http://www.cloudbus.org/reports/CLOUDS-Lab-AnnualReport2010.pdf

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The highlights of research activities and outcomes in 2010 are:

* The Lab successfully assisted its spin-off company, Manjrasoft, which
has released Aneka 2.0 software and filed its PCT patent application to
national phase in USA & India.

* The Lab’s flagship Cloudbus Project has released “open source”
CloudSim 2.0 Toolkit, which is used by several researchers in academia
and industries around the world.

* Members of CLOUDS Lab have authored 30 publications, which include 8
journal papers, and 15 conference papers.

* The Lab successfully hosted research activities of over 20 scholars: 9
PhD students, 7 Research Fellows (5 at PostDoc level and 2 Software
Engineers), and couple of Masters/honours students. Three Ph.D students
have graduated.

* Lab members have received “Best Paper Award” from the 24th IEEE
International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and
Applications (AINA 2010), Perth, Australia, April 20-23, 2010.
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Wish you all a happy, peaceful, and prosperous new year 2011.

Best regards
Raj

CLOUDS Lab to Release GridSim Toolkit 5.2 November 27, 2010

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in CLOUDS Lab News, Grid Computing.
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CLOUDS Lab to Release GridSim Toolkit 5.2
November 2010

The Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at
the University of Melbourne, Australia has released the next-version of
Grid simulation software, the GridSim Toolkit 5.2.

This new version of GridSim brings a new package (i.e. gridsim.fta) that
provides:

* A failure generator based on the Failure Trace Archive (FTA) format.
The provided packages read the tabbed version of the failure traces and generate
a list of events that show the availability/unavailability pattern for each machine
in a grid resource. For more details, see the FTA web site (http://fta.inria.fr) and
the following publication:

Derrick Kondo, Bahman Javadi, Alex Iosup, Dick Epema, The Failure Trace Archive:
Enabling Comparative Analysis of Failures in Diverse Distributed Systems,
In the 10th IEEE/ACM CCGrid, Melbourne, Australia, May, 2010.

* one allocation policy for scheduling of bag of tasks on cluster systems in the
presence of resource failures.

* An implementation of the parallel jobs workload model of DAS-2 for modelling
the workload of clusters. Details about the workload model are available in the
following publication:

Hui Li, David Groep, and Lex Wolters, “Workload Characteristics of a
Multi-cluster Supercomputer”, LNCS 2005, Volume 3277/2005, 176-193.

The version 5.0 of GridSim brings a new package (i.e. gridsim.parallel) that
provides:

* A graphical user interface for debugging resource allocation policies.
* Several allocation policies for scheduling parallel jobs on clusters and
and supercomputers. The policies include aggressive backfilling, conservative
backfilling, advance reservation with conservative backfilling, selective
backfilling and agressive backfilling with multiple resource partitions. The
allocation policies implemented are based on the following research papers:

Ahuva W. Mu’alem and Dror G. Feitelson, Utilization, Predictability,
Workloads, and User Runtime Estimates in Scheduling the IBM SP2
with Backfilling. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed
Systems, 12:(6), pp. 529-543, 2001.

Barry G. Lawson and Evgenia Smirni, Multiple-Queue Backfilling
Scheduling with Priorities and Reservations for Parallel Systems,
2002 Workshop on Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel
Processing (JSSPP), pp. 72-87, 2002.

Srividya Srinivasan, Rajkumar Kettimuthu, Vijay Subramani, and
Ponnuswamy Sadayappan. Selective Reservation Strategies for Backfill
Job Scheduling. In JSSPP 2002, LNCS 2537, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg,
pp. 55-71, 2002.

* An implementation of the workload model by Lublin and Feitelson for modelling
the workload of clusters and supercomputers. Details about the workload model
are available in the following publication:

Uri Lublin and Dror G. Feitelson, The Workload on Parallel Supercomputers:
Modeling the Characteristics of Rigid Jobs. J. Parallel & Distributed
Comput. 63(11), pp. 1105-1122, Nov 2003.

* A data structure to facilitate the scheduling of jobs and advance reservations.
This data structure is described as an appendix on Marcos Assuncao’s PhD thesis.

* Logging features using Java logging API.

In addition, other improvements have made GridSim more compatible with
Java 5 and 6. Some bugs have been fixed and some changes in SimJava were
required to enable a simulation to be paused and resumed.

All components developed as part of the GridSim Toolkit are released as
“open source” under the GPL license to encourage innovation and pass full
freedom to our users.

The early version of our GridSim toolkit has been used/downloaded by several
academic and commercial organizations around the world including:
University of Southern California (USA), California Institute of Technology (USA),
Argonne National Labs (USA), University of Manchester (UK), CERN,
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Indian Institute of Technology,
Tsinghua University (China), Sun Microsystems, IBM Research, Unisys, HP,
Northrop Grumman Information Technology, British Telecom and EMC Corp.

The contributors to the GridSim software (from early to new versions) are:
* Rajkumar Buyya, CLOUDS Lab @ The University of Melbourne.
* Manzur Murshed, GSCIT @ Monash University, Australia.
* Anthony Sulistio, CLOUDS Lab @ The University of Melbourne.
* Gokul Poduval and Chen-Khong Tham,
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering @ National University of Singapore.
* Marcos Dias de Assuncao, INRIA Lyon @ Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon
* Uros Cibej and Borut Robic, Faculty of Computer and Information Service,
The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
* Agustin Caminero, Department of Computing Systems,
Universidad de Castilla La Mancha (UCLM), Spain.
* James Broberg, CLOUDS Lab @ The University of Melbourne.
* Saurabh Garg, CLOUDS Lab @ The University of Melbourne.
* Bahman Javadi, CLOUDS Lab @ The University of Melbourne.

To download the GridSim software, please visit the CLOUDS Lab web site at
http://www.cloudbus.org/gridsim/

Join the GridSim mailing lists at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gridsim

Manjrasoft Patent on Cloud Application Platform Goes National Phase in USA and India August 25, 2010

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in Cloud Computing, Manjrasoft News.
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Manjrasoft Pty Ltd, a developer of innovative solutions for Cloud Computing, announced the filing of its patent application with the Patent and Trademark Office in United States. Aneka technology, the foundation of the company’s patent for a “Software Platform for Grid and Cloud Computing”, enables rapid development and deployment of applications on private and public Cloud infrastructures.

“This is an important milestone for Manjrasoft, as we officially protect our unique and groundbreaking approach to the development and management of Cloud applications,” said Dr. Rajkumar Buyya Manjrasoft Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Manjrasoft’s core technology enables software applications requiring high computation capability to run across a number of networked computers and servers, delivering increased performance and efficiency in a cost effective way. It is one of the many key technical inventions in our ‘Killer Cloud App Development Platform (CAP)’ that will enable enterprises to accelerate their application development, deployments and management in private and public clouds.”

Aneka technology primarily consists of two key components: (1) SDK (Software Development Kit) containing application programming interfaces (APIs) and tools essential for rapid development of applications. Aneka APIs supports three popular Cloud programming models: Task, Thread, and MapReduce; and (2) a Runtime Engine and Platform for managing deployment and execution of applications on private or public Clouds. The potential of Aneka as a CloudEngine has been successfully harnessed by its users and customers in three various sectors including engineering, life science, education, and business intelligence.

Manjrasoft’s patent application consists of 36 distinct claims that describe the company’s unique ability to provide a Grid/Cloud based application development platform on a network of computing nodes, comprising a configurable service container offering foundational services such as message dispatching, communication, network membership and persistence modules, and adapted to host pluggable service modules. When executed at the nodes at least one instance of the container includes a membership service module for maintaining network connectivity between the nodes, at least one instance of the container includes a scheduler service module configured to receive one or more tasks from a client and schedule the tasks on at least one of the nodes, and at least one instance of the container includes an executor service module for receiving one or more tasks from the scheduler service module, executing the tasks so received and returning at least one result to the scheduler service module. These capabilities of container are utilized to create different Cloud application programming models.

In addition, Aneka also comes with Design Explorer, a graphical environment enabling the rapid composition of data parallel applications such as parameter sweeps supporting the execution of the same program with different data sets. One of Manjrasoft’s customers, China Southern Railways, has utilized Aneka Design Explorer for composing Autodesk’s Maya-based rendering of locomotive design frames as Cloud application without any changes to Maya software. Then using Aneka runtime engine, they accelerated rendering operations on an enterprise Cloud built using in-house network of Windows desktop computers.  This fast track approach demonstrates how enterprises can rapidly transform legacy applications into Cloud applications and execute them on Cloud computing infrastructure to solve problems faster with minimal investment.

Other users in life science domain have utilized Aneka to run their applications on public Cloud infrastructure such as Amazon EC2. Aneka supported dynamic leasing of computing capability (i.e., creating Virtual Machines) and managing application execution on them to meet customers Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Additional information on how Aneka will reduce the cost of hardware requirement, accelerating development, easy deployment, improved management capability, and facilitate compliance with QoS/SLA services in private and/or public Cloud is available at the company’s website: http://www.manjrasoft.com/products.html