CloudLightning at CLOSER 2017

Dr. Dapeng Dong (UCC) presented two CloudLightning papers at the 7th International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science, CLOSER 2017:

Separation of Concerns in Heterogeneous Cloud Environments
The majority of existing cloud service management frameworks implement tools, APIs, and strategies for managing the lifecycle of cloud applications and/or resources. They are provided as a self-service interface to cloud consumers. This self-service approach implicitly allows cloud consumers to have full control over the management of applications as well as the underlying resources such as virtual machines and containers. This subsequently narrows down the opportunities for Cloud Service Providers to improve resource utilisation, power efficiency and potentially the quality of services. This work introduces a service management framework centred around the notion of Separation of Concerns. The proposed service framework addresses the potential conflicts between cloud service management and cloud resource management while maximising user experience and cloud efficiency on each side. This is particularly useful as the current homogeneous cloud is evolving to include heterogeneous resources.

Managing and Unifying Heterogeneous Resources in Cloud Environments
A mechanism for accessing heterogeneous resources through the integration of various cloud management platforms is presented. In this scheme, hardware resources are offered using  virtualisation, containerisation and as bare metal.  Traditional management frameworks for managing these offerings are employed and invoked using a  novel resource coordinator. This coordinator also provides an interface for cloud consumers to deploy applications on the underlying heterogeneous resources. The realisation of this scheme in the context of the CloudLightning project is presented and a demonstrative use case is given to illustrate the applicability of the proposed solution.

The papers will be shortly published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and in digital library.

Photography by Sergej Svorobej.

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