Welcome to 4CaaSt
The 4CaaSt project aims to create an advanced PaaS Cloud platform which supports the optimized and elastic hosting of Internet-scale multi-tier applications. 4CaaSt embeds all the necessary features, easing programming of rich applications and enabling the creation of a true business ecosystem where applications coming from different providers can be tailored to different users, mashed up and traded together.
||The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 258862
Reducing Time to Market
Cloud computing is essentially changing the way services are built, provided and consumed. Despite simple access to Clouds, building elastic services is still an elitist domain and proprietary technologies are an entry barrier especially to SMEs and consequently, it remains largely within the domain of established players. The project will bring significant benefits to the European economy. It will provide an easy to use Infrastructure for a More Competitive Environment, greatly simplifying design and delivery of tailored services and compositions.
Shifting focus from technology to business aspects will accelerate the Massive Uptake of Value Added Services taking full advantage of Telco communication paradigms. Thus, 4CaaSt ultimately contributes to the Future Internet by its ability to serve the service demands of tomorrow in a highly efficient and scalable manner. It brings Europe’s Telco industries the unique opportunity to expand their traditional business towards integrated IT/Telco service platforms as well as allowing Cloud Platform providers to expand the scope of the way the platform can be utilised.
Future Generation Computer Systems has published our work entitled “Provisioning Data Analytic Workloads in a Cloud”, which is the result of the collaboration with Prof. Patrick Martin’s group from Queen’s University.
Data analytics applications are well-suited for a cloud environment. In this paper we examine the problem of provisioning resources in a public cloud to execute data analytic workloads. The goal of our provisioning method is to determine the most cost-effective configuration for a given data analytic workload. Provisioning a workload in a public cloud environment faces several challenges: it is difficult to develop accurate performance prediction models using standard methods; the space of possible configurations is very large so exact solutions cannot be efficiently determined, and the mix and intensity of query classes in a workload vary dynamically over time.
We provide a formulation of the provisioning problem and then define a framework to solve the problem. Our framework contains a cost model to predict the cost of executing a workload on a configuration and a method of selecting configurations. The cost model balances resource costs and penalties from SLAs. The specific resource demands and frequencies are accounted for by queueing network models of the Virtual Machines (VMs), which are used to predict performance. We evaluate our approach experimentally using sample data analytic workloads on Amazon EC2.
You can access the full paper here.
This week our project held its General Assembly in Madrid, at IMDEA Software headquarters. In fact, we are very happy to announce that this partner is the latest addition to our consortium.
The IMDEA Software Institute is part of IMDEA, the Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies, a network of international research centers in the Madrid region for research of excellence in areas of high economic impact. Its main focus is to perform the research of excellence required to devise methods that will allow the cost-effective development of software products with sophisticated functionality and high quality.
After 3 days of hard work, surely inspired by the huge amount of clouds that invaded Madrid, we have set a very solid roadmap for the next 6 months.
The Master Thesis project is an important stage in which students tackle a specific problem and do so using all available technologies and methodologies learned during their studies.
One of the best features of cloud computing is its high accessibility. In this way, it opens up a world of research possibilities and engenders a fast learning process, allowing the students to develop outstanding projects in a very reasonable time.
This time the effects of the financial crisis turned to be the center of gravity of this year’s Master Thesis projects with I advise, which are always proposed by the students themselves. This year’s projects provide sustainable solutions for Computer Science teaching, Research and High-Tech SMEs.
HPC in the Cloud has featured an article on my students and their awesome projects. Click here to access it.
Also, Cadena SER, one of the major radio stations in Spain, interviewed us in prime time. You can access the audio (in Spanish) here.
Last week the 4CaaSt project has been evaluated by the European Commission after its second year.
These 29 months of hard work have produced solid presentations, high quality deliverables and even more important, the integration of components developed within the project. Obviously, the integration of the whole platform is not at 100% (we are just in our second year) but the reviewers were satisfied with the current level.
So long Brussels! We’ll see you next year and we at 4CaaSt promise to bring you something even cooler.
The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal has just published our paper entitled “Opportunities to observe solar eclipses by Phobos with the Mars Science Laboratory”. In this contribution a series of predictions for observing solar eclipses by Mars’ biggest moon within NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) Mission.
The application is a result of the great collaboration that lasts for two years within the MEIGA-MetNet Project, part of the Finnish-Russian-Spanish Mars MetNet Mission which will deploy several meteorological probes on the Martian surface. Phobos shadow trace could be used for the localization of the probes and due to its computing requirements, cloud computing is a “must use” technology.
We already published some papers on this topic, specially on the efficient infrastructure deployment by means of performance and cost. This time, the news are not only that the contribution with proposed observation dates/times for Curiosity was published but also that the Martian rover has confirmed the predictions with the incredible precision of 1 second.
One example of the observations made by Curiosity on Sol 37 (13th September 2012) can be found here.
Summarizing, the application for the next generation of Martian probes has been successfully validated by Curiosity. And of course, cloud computing has become an essential tool for Space exploration.
The complete reference for this journal paper is:
G. Barderas, P. Romero, L. Vazquez, J.L. Vazquez-Poletti and I.M. Llorente: Opportunities to observe solar eclipses by Phobos with the Mars Science Laboratory. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2012, Volume 426, Number 4, pp. 3195–3200. Wiley.
Cloud computing is changing the way how software is produced today. However, cloud vendors compete in ecosystems that include competitors, complementors, infrastructure providers, development platform providers, orchestrators and many more. Hence, intermediaries like electronic marketplaces for cloud-based services become inevitable, as they increase transparency and facilitate more efficient market transactions within the cloud ecosystem.
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The latest General Assembly meeting of the 4CaaSt European Project took place in Paris, where France Telecom headquarters are located.
“The City of the Lights” witnessed a meeting with a more technical profile, as the review for year 2 at the European Commission is approaching. We employed all our time in the preparation of the demo stories that will be shown while integrating the available components (including the clustering features of OpenNebula).
Ingénieur Alexandre Gustave Eiffel must have inspired us, because the outcome of this meeting has been specially great. We are sure that the European Commission reviewers will be astonished with our project!