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IEEE’s Community for Cloud Computing and Big Data

The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI), launched in April 2011, has picked up momentum since it received significant funding 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.

CCI chair Steve Diamond was recently 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.

 

Web Portal

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.

The IEEE Cloud Computing Web Portal runs on most current Web browsers and operating systems. Please read the IEEE.org browser policy to ensure that you have the best experience when viewing content throughout the site.

IEEE Cloud Computing is also active across social media. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for breaking news, real-time insight, and the most up-to-date information about advancements and issues impacting the cloud ecosystem.

 

Conferences

Many IEEE conferences on cloud computing and big data have been scheduled in North American, Asian, European, and Latin American cities. One example is the highly successful IEEE Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (CCEM) conference, sponsored by the IEEE CCI, which was recently held for its second year in Bangalore, India. Many other IEEE conferences include a session or two covering the field. Visit the CCI Conferences page for a list of upcoming conferences and events.

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 also in the works for high-level innovators.

 

Education

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.

 

Publications

IEEE plans to publish new publications on the topic of cloud computing and big data. IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing are scheduled to debut in 2014.

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 Intercloud 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 has partnered 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 could also be used to experiment with other IEEE cloud computing products and services such as e-learning education modules.