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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

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

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in Cloud Computing, CLOUDS Lab News, Grid Computing, Manjrasoft News.
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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

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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

CLOUDS Lab to Release GridSim Toolkit 5.0 October 12, 2009

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CLOUDS Lab to Release GridSim Toolkit 5.0
http://www.cloudbus.org/gridsim/
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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 5.0.

This new version 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.

* An implementation of the workload model by Lublin and Feitelson for modelling
the workload of clusters and supercomputers.

* 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.

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
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Recent Updates from CLOUDS Lab October 4, 2009

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I would like to share some recent updates in Cloud and Grid computing area coming out of my group:

1. New name for our research group – CLOUDS Lab.

Since 2007, GRIDS Lab has been working on Cloud Computing along with Grid Computing. During the last 2 years, Cloud Computing related R&D activities have peaked in GRIDS Lab and we launched a new flagship
project, called Cloudbus, for Cloud Computing. In recognition of this
new thrust in Cloud Computing, we renamed GRIDS Lab as CLOUDS Lab!

2. Recently CLOUDS Lab team members have published/wrote a number of
papers related to Grid and Cloud Computing. To share a few:

– J. Broberg, R. Buyya, and Z. Tari, MetaCDN: Harnessing ‘Storage
Clouds’ for high performance content delivery, Journal of Network and
Computer Applications, Volume 32, Issue 5, September 2009, Pages 1012-1022.

Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnca.2009.03.004

– Alexandre di Costanzo, Marcos Dias de Assuncao, and Rajkumar Buyya,
Building a Virtualized Distributed Computing Infrastructure by
Harnessing Grid and Cloud Technologies, IEEE Internet Computing, Volume
13, Number 5, Pages: 24-33, ISSN: 1089-7801, IEEE Computer Society
Press, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, September/October 2009.

Available at: http://www.buyya.com/papers/InternetComp-Cloud-2009.pdf

– Christian Vecchiola, Suraj Pandey, and Rajkumar Buyya,
High-Performance Cloud Computing: A View of Scientific Applications,
Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Pervasive Systems,
Algorithms and Networks (I-SPAN 2009, IEEE CS Press, USA), Kaohsiung,
Taiwan, December 14-16, 2009.

Available at: http://www.buyya.com/papers/HPCC-ISPAN2009-Keynote.pdf

“Ourstanding Paper Award” from IEEE Communication Society May 25, 2009

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I am pleased to share the following good news we received from the IEEE Communications Society:

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On behalf of our Awards Chair, Steve Weinstein, the Awards Committee, and Carole Swaim, head of Volunteer Services, it is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected winner of the 2009 Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics for an outstanding new-topic paper in any Communications Society publication “Peer-to-Peer-Based Resource Discovery in Global Grids: A Tutorial,” IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, Vol. 10, No. 2, Second Quarter 2008, pp. 6-33.

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Award will be presented at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’09) in Dresden, Germany during the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Monday 15 June, 2009.
Cheers

Raj

Clouds, Gridbus, GRIDS Lab: Recent developments January 5, 2009

Posted by Rajkumar Buyya in CLOUDS Lab News, Grid Computing, Manjrasoft News.
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Dear Colleagues:

I hope all of you have enjoyed Christmas and new year holidays and
energised to take up new challenges. Let me wish you all a productive
and prosperous new year 2009.

I would like to share recent developments with GRIDS lab (along with
accomplishments) and emerging new trends are observed during my travel
to USA, Europe, India.
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1. I have attended several conferences during Dec. month. They include
e-Science 2009 in USA, Cloud Computing Workshop in Germany, and ICDCIT
2008 (distributed computing and internet technology), ICON 2008, ADCOM
2008, and HiPC 2008 conferences in India; and ICCIT 2008 conference
(http://www.iccitbd.net/) in Bangladesh. Although these events are
features many papers in Grid computing area, but interest in Cloud
Computing is rapidly emerging. Keynote talks and panels on Cloud
computing featured with great interest. I also presented keynote talk on
Cloud Computing topic. Slides of my talk can be downloaded from:
http://www.gridbus.org/~raj/talks/Cloud-Buyya-Keynote2008.ppt

In fact, I would also encourage you to have a look at our Cloud
Computing article that will soon appear in Future Generation Computing
Systems (FGCS) Journal as my keynote talk follows similar structure:
http://www.gridbus.org/~raj/papers/Cloud-FGCS2009.pdf

2. During this trip I visited several cities in India and particularly
engaged in training teachers of engineering colleges in various states
by conducting workshops/seminars at Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Bangaluru,
Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, and Hyderabad and Dhaka in Bangladesh. It also
gave me opportunity to share how one can use our Aneka software to setup
enterprise Clouds and use it for teaching parallel and distributed
computing to students. To get glimpse of these events during Dec. and
early Jan months, please browse:
http://www.manjrasoft.com/Manjrasoft_Events/index.html

I have also put slides of my talk online, which can be downloaded from:
http://www.gridbus.org/~raj/Buyya-IndiaRoadShow.zip
Feel free to share with interested colleagues and all attendees of
seminar. If any of you want to explore the use of Aneka in teaching,
please contact me.

3. Recognitions: One of our papers, entitled:
“A Linear Programming Driven Genetic Algorithm for Meta-Scheduling on
Utility Grids”, presented at ADCOM 2008 (16th International Conference
on Advanced Computing and Communications) has received “Best Paper
Award”. What is nice way to say bye to year 2008 and venture into 2009.
———-

Recently we have been doing quite a bit of work on mixing Grid and Cloud
computing. More on it later!

Cheers
Raj

New Directions in Grid Computing: 2007 and Beyond April 22, 2007

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Dear All:

I would like to share some updates on Grid computing area and new
activities initiated within GRIDS Lab/Gridbus Project at Melbourne.

1. In the recent past, world-wide several efforts have been initiated
to enhance grid computing with capabilities that support Quality of
Services, service level agreements (SLA), utility-oriented allocation of
Grid resources to SLA dynamically. Even European Union has put together a report on “Service-Oriented Knowledge Utility (SOKU): Vision and Research Directions 2010 and Beyond” clearly signaling their intension to support research around it as these are fundamental for wide-scale adoption of Grid computing in enterprise applications.

2. Fortunately, this area has been key focus on our Gridbus Project
since its initiation in 2002. I happen to present a keynote talk at 14th
International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications in which I have shared key outcomes of Gridbus project. The title of my
talk was “Gridbus Middleware for Utility Grids: Building Autonomic and
Market-Oriented Global Grids for Delivering IT Services as the 5th
Utility”. Those of you who have not attended this conference, you may
may want to walk through my slides:
http://www.gridbus.org/talks/Gridbus-ADCOM2006-Keynote.ppt

3. Gridbus Project is going to continue push heavily in this space as we
have secured funds for Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian
Department of Science, Education and Training (DEST). Details on these
two projects are included below.
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GRIDS Lab/Gridbus’s New Projects from 2007-2009
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Discovery Project: funded by Australian Research Council

Project Title:

QoS-based Scheduling of e-Research Application Workflows on Global Grids

Project Summary:
The emerging e-Research paradigm enables researchers from different
disciplines and organisations to engage in collaborative scientific
investigation. They need to share geographically distributed resources
owned by different organisations. e-Research applications need to
negotiate with resource providers for guarantees on access time,
duration and level of quality of service (QoS). To meet these
requirements, this project aims to develop technologies that support (a)
QoS-based scheduling of e-Research application workflows on distributed
resources, (b) mechanisms for negotiating service level agreements (SLA) with resource providers, and (c) a system that supports SLA-based
allocation and management of resources.

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International Science Linkage Project: funded by Australian Department
of Science, Education and Training

Project Title:
The Utility Grid Project: Autonomic and Utility-Oriented Global Grids
for Powering Emerging e-Research Applications.

Project Summary:
Grid computing is emerging as an enabler for the creation of global
Cyberinfrastructure for e-Research applications and is recognised as one
of the top five emerging technologies that will have a major impact on
the quality of science and society over the next 20 years. This project
will link Australian researchers with international researchers through
two EU FP6 projects: CoreGrid and CatNets. The project is aimed at
enhancing the scope and depth of Australian R&D in Grid computing and
e-Research; establishing linkages to enable the leveraging of the
capabilities and resources of both Australian and international
partners; and developing grid technologies that improve agility and
utility of national and international Cyberinfrastructure powering
e-Research applications.
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BTW, if you are still wondering about “e-Research” word, it is an
Australian term for “e-Science” or Grid applications.

4. In addition to the above two projects, GRIDS Lab has has expanded its
research areas such as (a) Content Delivery Networks (CDN) and (2)
InterGrid – Overlay Networks for Peering between Islands of Grids.
Please check out our websites for:
CDN: http://www.gridbus.org/cdn/
InterGrid: http://www.gridbus.org/intergrid/
These are large initiatives and should present significant opportunity
for creating new collaborative projects with international colleagues.

If any of you are interested in exploring these topics or have already
been exploring and wants to collaborate with us, please let me know.

Cheers
Raj