UCC 2011
December 5-7, Melbourne, Australia
Keynote Speech

Can Clouds Transform Science? Exploring the Role of Clouds in Computational and Data-enabled Science and Engineering

Professor Manish Parashar
Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, USA
Cloud computing has emerged as a dominant paradigm that has been widely adopted by enterprises. Clouds provide on-demand access to computing utilities, an abstraction of unlimited computing resources, and support for on-demand scale up, scale down and scale out. Clouds are also rapidly joining high-performance computing system, clusters and Grids as viable platforms for scientific exploration and discovery. As a result, understanding application formulations and usage modes that are meaningful in such a hybrid infrastructure, and how application workflows can effectively utilize it, is critical. In this talk, I will l explore the role of clouds in science and engineering. I will also explore how science and engineering applications can benefit from clouds and how the cloud abstraction can lead to new paradigms and practices. This talk is based on research that is part of the CometCloud autonomic cloud-computing project at the Center for Autonomic Computing at Rutgers.
Manish Parashar is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also a founding Director of the Center for Autonomic Computing and The Applied Software Systems Laboratory (TASSL), and Associate Director of the Rutgers Center for Information Assurance (RUCIA). Manish received a BE degree from Bombay University, India and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. His research interests are in the broad area of parallel and distributed computing and include Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering, Autonomic Computing, and Power/Energy Management. A key focus of his research is on addressing the complexity or large-scale systems and applications through programming abstractions and systems. Manish has published over 350 technical papers, serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of a large number of journals and international conferences and workshops, and has deployed several software systems that are widely used. He has also received numerous awards and is Fellow of IEEE/IEEE Computer Society and Senior Member of ACM. For more information please visit http://nsfcac.rutgers.edu/people/parashar.

Energy Efficient Cloud Computing Systems

Albert Y. Zomaya
Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing
School of Information Technologies
University of Sydney
Global warming and climate change trends call for urgent action to manage information and communication technologies in a sustainable manner by minimizing energy consumption and utilizing resources more efficiently. Distributed computing environments (clusters, grids, clouds, etc) have become the de facto platforms for many applications. These systems bring a range of heterogeneous resources that should be able to function continuously and autonomously. However, distributed systems expend a lot of energy which raises a range of important research issues related to the use and virtualisation of ICT resources in a way offers significant potential to contribute to the goal of what has been described as ‘green computing’. This talk will review some of the important questions related to the development of new algorithms and tools for energy–aware resource management allocation for large–scale distributed systems, such as clouds, enabling these systems to become environmentally friendly.
Albert Y. ZOMAYA is currently the Chair Professor of High Performance Computing & Networking and Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the School of Information Technologies, The University of Sydney. He is also the Director of the Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing which was established in late 2009. Professor Zomaya is the author/co-author of seven books, more than 380 papers, and the editor of nine books and 11 conference proceedings. He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and serves as an associate editor for 19 leading journals. Professor Zomaya is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award (in 2000) and the Golden Core Recognition (in 2006), both from the IEEE Computer Society. Furthermore he is the recipient of the IEEE TCPP Outstanding Service Award and the IEEE TCSC Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing, both in 2011. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, the IET (U.K.), and a Distinguished Engineer of the ACM.

HPC in the Cloud: use cases from research and industry

Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch
DEISA (Distributed European Initiative for Supercomputing Applications), Germany
There is a lot of good activity and visibility of HPC in the Cloud, in our community, and cloud service providers publish interesting (theoretical) case studies on cloud infrastructures and technologies and how to use them. Also, in mainstream IT services, there are many good use cases for describing how to use clouds for daily business. However, in the emerging field of 'mainstream HPC' (or should we rather say Technical Computing), there are still so far only very few success stories published about applying cloud infrastructure and technology in daily research and industry. Therefore, in our talk, we will contribute an overview on selected and highly actual real use cases from HPC in the Cloud and present a short analysis of each of them. Finally, we will conclude with a trend analysis, and a list of lessons learned and recommendations.
Dr. Wolfgang Gentzsch is a senior consultant for HPC, Grid and Cloud Computing and the General Chairman of the ISC Cloud Conference Series. Previously, he was an Advisor to the EU funded project DEISA, the Distributed European Initiative for Supercomputing Applications, and he directed the 3-year German Government funded $150 Mio D-Grid Initiative for developing a sustainable Grid infrastructure for research and industry in Germany. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the OGF Open Grid & Cloud Forum standards organization, and a member of the US President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, PCAST. He founded the e-School Project which aims at building and operating a professional interactive Web 2.0 computer simulation laboratory for K-20 science and engineering education and edutainment.
Before, Wolfgang was a professor of computer science and mathematics at several universities in the US and in Germany, and held leading positions at the MCNC Grid and Data Center, Sun Microsystems, Gridware, Genias, and the DLR German Aerospace Research Center. Wolfgang studied mathematics and physics at the Technical University in Aachen, and got his PhD in numerical methods for partial differential equations.

Industry Track Speakers

Emerging Network Architectures for Cloud Computing

Geng Lin
Chief Technology Officer
Networking Business, Dell Inc.
Cloud computing brings profound impact to virtually all segments in the IT industry, ranging from computing, storage, networking, to software applications. Yet the field of cloud computing is still in early stage - industry leaders and academia researchers are expanding this field rapidly. This talk focuses on the emerging network architectures for cloud computing. Key technologies such as virtualization and MapReduce middleware, Internet-scale “big data” mining and processing, warehouse-scale data center computing, etc. bring fundamental challenges to today’s network architecture. What limitation or impact does today’s network architecture have on cloud computing? How will the data center network architecture, the wide-area Internet architecture, and the broadband access network architecture evolve to better support cloud computing and cloud-based service delivery? What is the network’s role in security, reliability, performance, and scalability of cloud computing? Should the network be a dumb transport pipe or an intelligent stack that is cloud workload aware? What architectural role do Layer 4 network services, such as load balancing, security, and WAN optimization, play in the public and hybrid cloud delivery models?
This session provides an overview of the emerging network architectures for cloud computing and gives the audience a first-hand insight of the architectural approaches to the next generation cloud networking from industry leaders including Cisco, IBM, Dell, and HP, just to name a few. We will also highlight the technology trends and future directions for the cloud networking industry. The targeted audiences of this keynote are academic researchers, and technology and business in the cloud computing and networking industry.
Dr. Geng Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of Networking Business at Dell Inc. In this role, he has the overall responsibility for technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies, for Dell's networking business worldwide. Dell provides integrated IT solutions and is a worldwide leader in delivering cloud computing solutions. Dell has annual revenue over $60 billion in fiscal year 2011.
Before joining Dell, Dr. was the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for the technology strategy, innovation, and solution development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio worldwide. The Cisco-IBM Alliance delivers multi-billion dollar business revenues from a broad solution portfolio that covers data center virtualization and cloud computing, and video and rich media applications. Prior to Cisco, Dr. Lin served as Vice President of Software Applications at Netopia Inc., a Motorola company. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and Ph.D. degree from University of British Columbia, all in Computer Science (1985, 88, and 93).

Open Internet of Things (OpenIoT)

Dr. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
Director, Information Engineering Laboratory
CSIRO ICT Centre, Canberra, Australia http://www.ict.csiro.au/staff/dimitrios.georgakopoulos/
The OpenIoT project provides a research umbrella for many of the research trusts in CSIRO ICT Centre in the areas of sensor information management, cloud computing, semantic web, and NBN services. The project aims to produce an architecture and corresponding Open Source software platform that will help springboard IoT application/service development in academic research institutions and SMEs around Europe and the world. The “Things” in IoT are Internet-connected objects or appliances that will be an integral component of the future internet. Such objects must therefore become integrated into emerging internet service delivery models, such cloud computing. Indeed, the proliferation of applications involving internet-connected objects, has recently given rise to the notion of clouds of internet-connected objects. However, there is still no easy way to formulate and manage cloud environments of internet-connected objects, i.e., environments comprising “entities” (such as sensors, RFIDs, cameras, actuators and smart devices) and offering utility-based (i.e. pay as- you-go) services. OpenIoT is a joint effort of prominent open source contributors (of the GSN and AspireRFID projects) towards enabling a new range of open large scale intelligent IoT (internet-of- things) applications according to a utility computing delivery model. To this end, the project will research and provide an open source middleware framework enabling the dynamic formulation of self-managed cloud environments for IoT applications. The OpenIoT middleware framework will therefore serve as a blueprint for non-trivial IoT applications, which will be delivered in an autonomic fashion and according to a utility model. OpenIoT environments for internet-connected objects will greatly facilitate the deployment and delivery of applications, since they will enable businesses and citizens to select appropriate data and service providers rather than having to deploy physical sensors. At the same time, they will provide capabilities (such as on-demand large scale sensing), beyond what is nowadays possible. The open source nature of the project will facilitate enterprises to integrate novel added-value IoT solutions, based on the lowest possible Total Cost of Ownership, while at the same enabling students and researchers to experiment innovate and advance their IoT knowledge.
At the CSIRO ICT Centre, Dr Dimitrios Georgakopoulos is the Director of the Information Engineering Laboratory. He is also holding the position of an adjunct professor at the Australian National University. Under the leadership of Dimitrios, the IE Lab conducts over twenty projects and is organized in nine research teams. He is overseeing the research performed by IE Lab teams in the areas of service oriented computing, semantic web and semantic data management, sensor information management, language and social computing, information retrieval, security and privacy, human factors, data mining and multi-agent systems, and computer vision. In 2008-09, Dimitrios also served as the Theme Leader of CSIRO's Service Science, Technologies, and Architectures (SSTA) Theme. Before coming to CSIRO in October 2008, Dimitrios held research and management positions in several industrial laboratories in the US. From 2000 to 2008, he was a Senior Scientist with Telcordia, where he helped found Telcordia's Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland. In Telcordia, Dimitrios led several multi-million, multi-year, externally funded research projects in the US, Europe, and Taiwan, in areas that included service computing, complex event processing in video and sensors systems, large-scale collaboration, and operation support systems for advanced broadband services involving high speed data, VoIP, and gaming. From 1997 to 2000, Dimitrios was a Technical Manager in the Information Technology organization of Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC), and the Chief Architect of MCC's Collaboration Management Infrastructure (CMI) consortial project that was funded by Raytheon, SAIC, Telcordia, and TRW (currently Northrop Grumman). From 1990-1997 Dimitrios was a Principal Scientist at GTE (Verizon) Laboratories Inc., where he led several multi-year R&D projects in the areas of workflow management and distributed object management systems. Before GTE/Verizon Dimitrios was Member of Technical Staff in Bellcore (1989) and worked as an independent consultant in the Houston Medical Center where he designed, developed, and marketed one of the first commercial systems for performing computerized patient diagnosis (1986-1988). In the mid 90's Dimitrios also served as adjunct Faculty at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Capabilities at Your Fingertips: An Overview of Innovation at AWS - Amazon Web Services

Simon Elisha
Principal Solution Architect
Amazon Web Services
The world of cloud services moves quickly, with rapid innovation and service improvement being the “new normal”. AWS focuses on customer needs and delivering meaningful services in a rapid fashion. This session will take attendees for a high-level journey of the last 18 months of innovation right up to the current day. Providing an accessible and easy way to understand the palate of services available to developers and business alike.
As a Principal Solution Architect at Amazon Web Services, Simon Elisha helps businesses leverage technologies like Cloud Computing that are changing the way businesses compete in the new world of IT. With extensive experience in large-scale systems architecture and development as well as having held senior roles at major technology vendors and business consulting organizations, Simon brings a pragmatic and refreshing approach to the nexus of technology and business. Simon has over 21 years of industry experience and has held senior roles at organisations including Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, VERITAS Software, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and EDS. Simon holds an Honors Degree in Information Technology from Monash University.

Fujitsu's Efforts in Cloud Computing

Bala Varadarajan
Managing Director
Fujitsu Australia Software Technology (FAST)
Through our constant pursuit of innovation, the Fujitsu Group aims to contribute to the creation of a networked society that is rewarding and secure, bringing about a prosperous future that fulfills the dreams of people throughout the world. This is the Corporate Vision of Fujitsu. Fujitsu sees the Cloud as a vehicle for not only optimizing the information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure of our customers but more importantly as a place to incubate and foster the development of new businesses on cloud platforms. Fujitsu particularly wants to contribute to future improvements in agriculture, education, energy, medicine, transport and build a strong social infrastructure vital to society. In this way, Fujitsu aims to realize a "Human-Centric Intelligent Society". I will be providing a brief overview of some of Fujitsu's initiatives and contributions in these areas.
Bala Varadarajan is the Managing Director of Fujitsu Australia Software Technology (FAST). Bala has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has over 35 years experience in the IT industry, most of which has been in the area of developing software solutions using emerging technologies. The mission of FAST is to undertake research and Development activities in emerging technologies and standards with particular emphasis on the middleware (Service Oriented Architecture) and Cloud technologies. FAST is a development partner of the Fujitsu Software Business Group and works to bring Fujitsu technologies to the international market and build Intellectual Capital.