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A Manifesto for Future Generation Cloud Computing: Research Directions for the Next Decade November 23, 2018

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A team of international experts (from Australia, USA, Europe, Brazil, China, India) have put together a 2030 Research Agenda for Cloud computing. A paper on this is now published in ACM Computing Surveys (November 2018 issue) as:
A Manifesto for Future Generation Cloud Computing: Research Directions for the Next Decade

Please check out:

Full version can be downloaded from:

Bib details:

Rajkumar Buyya, Satish Narayana Srirama, Giuliano Casale, Rodrigo Calheiros, Yogesh Simmhan, Blesson Varghese, Erol Gelenbe, Bahman Javadi, Luis Miguel Vaquero, Marco A. S. Netto, Adel Nadjaran Toosi, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez, Ignacio M. Llorente, Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati, Pierangela Samarati, Dejan Milojicic, Carlos Varela, Rami Bahsoon, Marcos Dias de Assuncao, Omer Rana, Wanlei Zhou, Hai Jin, Wolfgang Gentzsch, Albert Zomaya, and Haiying Shen, A Manifesto for Future Generation Cloud Computing: Research Directions for the Next Decade, ACM Computing Surveys, Volume 51, No. 5, Article No. 105, Pages: 1-38, ISSN 0360-0300, ACM Press, New York, USA, November 2018.



The Cloud computing paradigm has revolutionised the computer science horizon during the past decade and has enabled the emergence of computing as the fifth utility. It has captured significant attention of academia, industries, and government bodies. Now, it has emerged as the backbone of modern economy by offering subscription-based services anytime, anywhere following a pay-as-you-go model. This has instigated (1) shorter establishment times for start-ups, (2) creation of scalable global enterprise applications, (3) better cost-to-value associativity for scientific and high-performance computing applications, and (4) different invocation/execution models for pervasive and ubiquitous applications. The recent technological developments and paradigms such as serverless computing, software-defined networking, Internet of Things, and processing at network edge are creating new opportunities for Cloud computing. However, they are
also posing several new challenges and creating the need for new approaches and research strategies, as well as the re-evaluation of the models that were developed to address issues such as scalability, elasticity, reliability, security, sustainability, and application models. The proposed manifesto addresses them by identifying the major open challenges in Cloud computing, emerging trends, and impact areas. It then of-
fers research directions for the next decade, thus helping in the realisation of Future Generation Cloud Computing.

CLOUDS Lab’s 2017 Annual Report March 29, 2018

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On behalf of CLOUDS Lab and the Cloudbus Project, I am pleased to share
2017 Annual Report detailing its R&D activities, outcomes, and community
services. For full report, please visit:

The highlights of research activities and outcomes in 2017 are:

* The CLOUDS Lab successfully hosted two ARC research projects (Discovery and Linkage Projects) along with two industry funded projects.

* The Lab’s flagship Cloudbus Project has released various new modules for Aneka, CloudSim and iFogSim. The iFogSim building on CloudSim is emerging as a de-facto Toolkit for modelling and simulation of Fog and Edge computing environments. It has been used by several researchers in academia and industries around the world.

* Members have presented over 40 invited talks that include 13 keynotes delivered at international conferences/seminars held in Australia, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, and UK.

* The Lab successfully hosted research activities of over 25 scholars, which include 16 PhD students and 4 Research Fellows.

* “2017 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher” recognition from Thomson Reuters for a team member!

* The Lab housed several (short and long term) international visitors (academic and PhD students) from India, China, Germany, Estonia, and UK.

Wish you all a happy, peaceful, and prosperous rest of the year 2017.

Best regards

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

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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:
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:

This month our paper on a simulator for Fog Computing (iFogSim) is published. You can browse it from:

2. I am involving in editing a book on:
Fog and Edge Computing: Principles and Paradigms
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:

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:

Happy reading and have a nice weekend:-)


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/

New Updates and Hot Topics for 2016 January 15, 2016

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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:

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:

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:

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


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!


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:

The Cloudbus Project to Release CloudSim Toolkit 2.0 May 27, 2010

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The Cloudbus Project to Release CloudSim Toolkit 2.0

The CLOUDS Lab and its flagship Cloudbus Project at The University of
Melbourne, Australia along with collaborators from Pontifical Catholic
University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil is pleased to announce
the release of the new version of its Cloud simulation software, the

One year has passed since CloudSim 1.0 was released. Since then, Cloud
computing has gained more visibility, and a plenty of new projects, both
in academia and in the industry, emerged. To help developers of such
projects to evaluate new strategies and ideas before actual development,
CloudSim 2.0 offers support for model and simulation of hot topics in
Cloud Computing, including green/power-aware Cloud Computing and
federated Cloud Computing.

At the same time new features were added, major improvements in
simulation core allowed enhanced scalability and performance of
simulations and insertion and removal of simulation entities
during simulation execution. It increases considerably scenarios that
may be addressed in simulations, what we hope will contribute to a wider
adoption of the tool by the research ommunity.

These improvements were possible due to extensive support from the Cloud
Computing research community around the world, which used CloudSim,
appointed bugs, and provided us feedback on new features they would like
to have in future versions the toolkit. Community is invited to
keep contribution to CloudSim.

As in its previous version, all components developed as part of the
CloudSim Toolkit are released as “open source” under the GPL license to
encourage innovation and pass full freedom to our users.

To download the CloudSim software, please visit the Cloudbus Project web
site at:

The CloudSim Team
Melbourne, May 2010

CCGrid 2010 Invitation + CLOUDS Lab News April 25, 2010

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Dear All:

Let me share upcoming CLOUDS hosted events and recent highlights:
1. As you know our CLOUDS Lab is hosting CCGrid 2010:
The 10th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Grid
Computing (CCGrid 2010)
in Melbourne from May 17-20, 2010. On behalf of CLOUDS Lab and the
entire organising committee, I would like to invite you to participate
in in this 10th anniversary conference. CCGrid 2010 offers outstanding
technical program featuring keynote talks, tutorials, workshops,
mini-symposiums, posters sessions, IEEE SCALE competition, and research
demos. This year program as a special focus on Cloud Computing.

Highlights of the conference can be found in the attached Call for
Participation. Please share it with your friends, students, colleagues;
and encourage them to participate in CCGrid 2010.

2. In the area of Cloud Computing, recently CLOUDS lab member have
published many papers. They include:

AINA 2010 Papers:
* CloudAnalyst: A CloudSim-based Visual Modeller for Analysing Cloud
Computing Environments and Applications
* Minimizing Execution Cost when using Globally Distributed Cloud Services
* A Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO)-based Heuristic for Scheduling
Workflow Applications in Cloud Computing Environments,

3. One of our AINA 2010 papers has received the Best Paper Award.
Details at: http://www.cloudbus.org/news/BestPaperAward-AINA2010.txt

4. Manjrasoft, spin-off company of the the University of Melbourne
commercialising CLOUDS Lab’s research and innovation, has been
attracting interesting users for its Aneka technology. For details,
check out “Economic Times of India” article on “Clearing hurdles with
cloud computing” appeared on Feb 8, 2010. A copy of which can be found
at: http://www.manjrasoft.com/EconomicTimesIndia-Feb2010.pdf

With this brief note, once again, I like to invite all of you attend
CCGrid 2010. I look forward to see you all in Melbourne!

Best regards
C A L L   F O R   P A R T I C I P A T I O N

The 10th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on
Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid 2010)
May 17-20, 2010, Melbourne, Australia


Sponsored by:
IEEE Computer Society / Technical Committee on Scalable Computing
ACM (Association of Computing Machinery)

Hosted/Organised by:
* Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory,
The University of Melbourne, Australia

* ISSNIP: ARC Research Network on Intelligent Sensors,
Sensor Networks and Information Processing

* Manjrasoft Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia

* NSF Center for Autonomic Computing
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA


In 2010, CCGrid will return to Australia, to Melbourne, to celebrate its
10th anniversary. CCGrid 2010 will have a special focus on three
important and immediate issues that are significantly influencing all
aspects of Cluster, Cloud and Grid computing: Economics, Environment and


* CCGrid 2010 celebrates its 10th anniversary in Melbourne, Australia.
* CCGrid 2010 has accepted 51 full papers from an exceptionally strong
field of 219 reviewed full paper submissions, resulting in an acceptance
rate of ~23%.
* Hosts 8 workshops/mini-symposiums on HOT topics such as MultiCore
Clusters, Clouds for Business Applications, GPU Clusters, Innovative
Scientific/Medial Applications, and a Doctoral Symposium.
* Hosts 3rd IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge (SCALE 2010)
* Hosts Plenary Session dedicated for Poster Exhibit and Research Demos

Keynote Presentations:
1. IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing Lecture:
Title: Enabling the Next Generation of Scalable Clusters
By: Professor William D. Gropp
Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

2.Title: Sky Computing: When Multiple Clouds Become One
By: Professor José A.B. Fortes
BellSouth Eminent Scholar and Director, NSF Center for Autonomic
Computing, The University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Full Program:

Conference Venue:

The CCGrid 2010 conference will be held at The Langham – Melbourne
The hotel is situated on the banks of the Yarra River offering views of
the Melbourne city skyline, amid Southbank’s al fresco cafes,
restaurants, bars and boutiques, and a short stroll from Federation
Square, the Arts Centre and the Botanical Gardens. For further details,
please visit: http://www.manjrasoft.com/ccgrid2010/ccgrid2010venue.html

Keynote Talk on “Market-Oriented Cloud Computing” May 25, 2009

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Dear All:

I had an honour of presenting a Keynote Talk on “Market-Oriented Cloud Computing” at the 9th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid (CCGrid 2009, 18-21 May 2009) in Shanghai, China (as a recipient of the “2009 IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing”). I have just put slides of my presentation online as many colleagues have asked for a copy. I thought some of you may also be interested in browsing them, which are available for download from:

PPT version:
PDF version:

If you have comments or suggestions on improving them, please email me directly.


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:

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.
GRIDS Lab/Gridbus’s New Projects from 2007-2009

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.

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.
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.