March / April 2016

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CloudScape Newsletter - March/April 2016

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Welcome to our March/April issue of Cloudscape and to all of our activity here in the IEEE Cloud Computing Community. Our volunteers are creating new projects across our community. We have new podcasts coming from a collaboration with IEEE Cloud Computing magazine where we interview authors about the industry. We are planning a miniconference in January 2017 with the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) on the subject of cloud and consumer electronics. We have a weekly study group and we will soon be doing projects and hope to create a MOOC based on our content.

So how can you get involved? We would love to have more blog writers so click here for more information. Contribute to our social media sites and get to know our community on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Ask to join our study group. Or come up with your own idea. Email our membership director Akhyar Sadad ( and myself ( with your energy and ideas.

Chris Miyachi, Chair, IEEE Cloud Computing Steering Committee 

In the News: Call for Participation

2016 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E)
2016 IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI)

4-8 April 2016
Berlin, Germany

IC2E is the premier IEEE conference for cloud computing research and development whose scope spans the entire cloud stack, and that offers an end-to-end perspective on the challenges and technologies in cloud computing. IoTDI is a new conference that offers an interdisciplinary venue for the exchange of information on system design and implementation pertaining to the Internet of Things.IC2E and IoTDI will be co-located in 2016 and will take place on the campus of TU Berlin.

Registration for the event is now open. Early-bird registration rate is applicable until February 7, 2016.

The two conferences provide an excellent mix of technical presentations. In particular, there will be three plenary keynote speeches:

  • Gustavo Alonso (Professor at the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich): Generalization versus Specialization in cloud computing infrastructures.
  • Jon Crowcroft (Professor of Communications Systems at the University of Cambridge): What could possibly go wrong?
  • Roger Barga (General Manager, Amazon Web Services): Processing Big Data in Motion.

In addition to the two main conferences, there will be four tutorials, fix workshops, and a doctoral symposium. The tutorials program covers the following timely topics:

  • Cloud Engineering in Education
  • The Internet of Things Moves into the Cloud
  • Sensor Cloud: A Cloud of Sensor Networks
  • Apache Flink: Stream Analytics at Scale
  • Building Secure Cloud Architectures Using Patterns

The colocated workshops are

  • Third Symposium on Software Defined Systems (SDS)
  • CLaw: 2nd International Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Technoeconomic Engineering (CCTE)
  • 1st International Workshop on Interoperability, Integration, and Interconnection of Internet of Things Systems (I4T)
  • 2nd International Workshop on Container Technologies and Container Clouds (WoC)
  • 5th IEEE International Workshop on Cloud Computing Interclouds, Multiclouds, Federations, and Interoperability (Intercloud 2016)

Further details about IC2E 2016 and IoTDI 2016 are available at the conference websites:

Discussion Series: Cloud Computing from a High-Level

At CloudScape, we plan to add a series of discussions on different aspects of cloud computing. In each issue we will talk to an expert in the field of cloud computing and reflect their opinions here. In this issue we have reached out to Chris Miyachi to learn about her insights on cloud computing from a high-level and broad perspective. Chris is the chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Community with more than 30 years of experience in software architecture. She has been working for startups and large corporations after receiving two master's of science degrees from MIT.

Q: What are some of the trends that you are seeing in research and development of cloud computing technology?

A: In industry, most of the companies are not buying hardware servers anymore. But, they are now using servers in either a private or hybrid cloud. We are seeing a similar approach in academia too. Universities, for example, used to provide real machines for students to share, but now we see that universities are using servers for storing the data so that it can be accessed from any machine within the network. Or, even advance processing solutions such as supercomputers are connected to that network so that the use of those processing resources is not limited by physical location of the user as much as before. This is in a way much more secure than the traditional method. Now students can have their needs fulfilled without having the authority to mess up the network or data of other users while the network has the hardware resources better distributed among all the users.

Using cloud computing, we can separate the location of data storage hardware from the user's location. This gives us higher level of security by limiting the physical access to these hardware. It also enables us to strategically position the hardware by taking the speed of data transfer into consideration.

Q: In computer technologies, usually a continuous shift in demands of users can be seen. In your opinion, what are the new types of functionality or features that users request from this technology? And, how are those needs being addressed right now?

A: Users seek better economies of scale and more affordable prices, which is only possible by making the cloud computing technology more mature. Also, as the market for this technology is growing, we see more companies who want to have the cloud servers to be physically located in their own countries.

There are also some recent changes in quality of services and policies of cloud computing companies to provide more benefits for users and requiring more from the providers.

Q: What significant innovations or inventions do you expect to happen in the next decade and how would that affect the cloud computing technology?

A: I believe the current technology of cloud computing will morph into intercloud, which is cloud of clouds. Imagine having interconnected clouds that can also share resources among themselves.

Q: What are some of the emerging technologies that you think might be tightly paired with cloud computing in the future?

A: It might be easier to harvest the potentials of quantum computing by adding the hardware into a cloud network when that becomes available to the industry. That way, the users don't have to wait for the developed hardware to drop their price significantly.

Another industry that makes a nice blend with cloud computing is the big data and the analytics and automation. This blend brings fast integrated solutions for uprising business needs

To learn more about Chris Miyachi's work, you can refer to her website and personal blog, which she updates with posts on software architecture.

Featured Blog Posts

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