IEEE’s Community for Cloud Computing
The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative, launched in April 2011, has picked up momentum since it received significant funding in January from the IEEE New Initiative Committee. Several products and services that have been in the works for months are now being introduced, including a website, conferences, continuing education courses, publications, standards, and a platform for testing cloud computing applications. The initiative is the first broad-based collaborative project for the cloud to be introduced by a global professional association.
Earlier this year, CCI chair Steve Diamond was interviewed by The Institute where he gave an informative overview of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. Click here to read "Steve Diamond: Seeding the Cloud" at The Institute.
A Web portal to all things related to IEEE cloud computing has been successfully launched. This resource includes news about the initiative’s progress, articles from the IEEE Xplore digital library, conferences sponsored by IEEE and other organizations, standards, educational materials, interviews from experts, and other relevant information.
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Many IEEE conferences on cloud computing have been scheduled. On 27 June - 2 July 2013, IEEE CLOUD 2013 will be held in Anaheim, California, USA. On 16-18 October 2013, Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (CCEM), sponsored by the IEEE CCI, will be held in Bangalore, India. On 2-5 December, IEEE CloudCom 2013 will be held in Bristol, UK, and on 9-13 December, IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Even more events dedicated to cloud are on the way later this year and next in Asian, European, and Latin American cities. Many other IEEE conferences will include a session or two covering the field.
An IEEE Cloud Congress will be held every year, bringing together thought leaders, users, vendors, and interest groups. An annual IEEE Cloud World Forum is in the works for high-level innovators. Both are slated to be launched next year.
To get members up to speed in the field, IEEE is developing several e-learning courses. Given by experts, the courses promise professional development hours and continuing education units. Some courses will charge a nominal fee, while others will be free.
Few publications offer practical and theoretical articles about cloud computing, so IEEE plans to publish new journals on the topic. An online-only quarterly and a magazine are scheduled to debut next year. Also, Cloud Computing Letters, a publication designed for rapid dissemination of original, cutting-edge ideas and significant contributions, is scheduled to be available in 2014. The frequency of publication for the magazine and Letters has not yet been determined.
IEEE is exploring a publishing business to take advantage of the vast amount of data being accumulated in such fields of research as astronomy, meteorology, genomics, biology, social media, and finance. The raw research data usually is not stored in a central location and therefore is inaccessible to other researchers.
Small data sets present no problem. Data files of less than, say, 100 gigabytes could be published as a digital-only paper and stored in the IEEE Xplore digital library. But larger data sets may be stored only in the cloud. Publishing the data and providing access to them require a complicated infrastructure, which is where IEEE comes in. Certain aspects of traditional publishing, such as an editorial process, a glossary, and standard formats and methods for downloading and securing the data, are required, and IEEE is setting up the infrastructure for them.
Standards and Testbed
Another area IEEE plans to explore involves developing environments for creating and testing protocols for the IEEE P2302 Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation. To that end, IEEE is seeking to partner with universities and research institutions around the world that already have cloud computing resources. The goal is to create a well-connected standards-based platform. The testbed also could be used to experiment with other IEEE cloud computing products and services such as e-learning education modules.