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CloudCom 2013 - UsiNg and building ClOud Testbeds

The UNICO workshop is held in conjunction with the 5th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Services 2013 in Bristol, UK, from 2 – 5 December 2013.

CloudCom 2013 UNICO Workshop scheduled for Thursday, 5 December (8:30-12:00), in room THAMES.

Workshop program:

Opening session (08:30 - 8:45)
Chair's Welcome and Opening Words

Session 1: Cloud Testbed and Federation (8:45 – 10:00)
08:45 - 09:10:   David Bernstein, and Xuri Demchenko. “The IEEE Intercloud Testbed – Creating the Global Cloud of Clouds”
09:10 - 09:35:   Juan Angel Lorenzo Del Castillo, Kate Mallichan and Yahya Al-Hazmi. “OpenStack Federation in Experimentation Multi-cloud Testbeds”
09:35 - 10:00:   Andras Micsik, Peter Pallinger and David Siklosi. “Scaling a Plagiarism Search Service on the BonFIRE Testbed”
10:00 - 10:20:   Coffee break 

Session 2: Experimentation on Cloud Testbeds (10:20 – 12:00)
10:20 - 10:45:   Giuliano Casale, Carmelo Ragusa and Panos Parpas. “A Feasibility Study of Host-Level Contention Detection by Guest Virtual Machines”
10:45 - 11:10:   Matthieu Imbert, Laurent Pouilloux, Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas, Adrien Lèbre and Takahiro Hirofuchi. “Using the EXECO toolkit to perform automatic and reproducible cloud experiments”
11:10 - 11:35:   Herry Herry and Paul Anderson. “Planning Configuration Relocation on the BonFIRE Infrastructure”
11:35 - 12:00:   Pekka Abrahamsson, Sven Helmer, Nattakarn Phaphoom, Lorenzo Nicolodi, Nick Preda, Lorenzo Miori, Matteo Angriman, Juha Rikkilä, Xiaofeng Wang, Karim Hamily and Sara Bugoloni. “Affordable and Energy-Efficient Cloud Computing Clusters: The Bolzano Raspberry Pi Cloud Cluster Experiment”


Today there is a variety of Cloud testbeds whose aim is to offer the possibility to investigate and understand what are the best options and the existing trade-offs in cloud and network configurations when engineering services in hybrid cloud scenarios (federations and multi-clouds including brokerage) where data and applications are distributed across Internet. The concept of ‘research by experimentation’ or learning by doing is at the core of this approach.  The use of testbeds allows the evaluation of cross-cutting effects of converged service and network infrastructures. In order to do so, the testbeds expose a set of capabilities beyond those normally provided by production cloud services in a commercial environment.


Objectives and topics:

The objective of the workshop is to present and discuss the research and use of cloud testbeds in the field of multi-Cloud and Federations, as well as to identify gaps in research and development and the status of the take-up of currently available testbeds.  The workshop will feature working operational cloud experimentation testbeds that can drive this vision forward, as well as the generation of new cloud testbeds that address these challenges further.

We solicit submissions providing details of practical and successful cases of doing research by experimentation in the clouds. For example, we expect to gather use cases of systematic testing and service delivery optimization in the cloud from a variety of application domains including medical, engineering, media or home-automated services. We also solicit submissions relating to cloud testbed usage relating to other fundamental research areas in the Cloud such as elastic QoS in clouds, privacy cases, data management, etc.


Topics include but are not limited to:

   -  Cloud testbed operation & management

   -  Software testing in the Cloud: tests (regression, integration, etc), best practices and Testing as a Service frameworks

   -  Testbed tools and APIs for interoperability (practical implementations)

   -  Global monitoring across multi-cloud testbeds

   -  Innovative measurements methodologies and tools

   -  Cloud testbed federations and brokerage solutions

   -  Cloud to network interfaces for Internet service deployments

   -  Impact of cloud-network convergence for Internet of Services

   -  Future evolution of cloud testbeds for experimentation

   -  Sustainability of cloud testbeds for experimentation

   -  Practical experiences on application and service deployments (smart home, multimedia, health, government, etc) on Cloud testbeds 

     recreating and testing hybrid cloud scenarios (multi-cloud, federated or private-public clouds)

   -  Cloud application benchmarking (following the practical research by experimentation approach)


Format and extension:

Workshop Papers: page limit of 6 pages, including all figures, tables, and references.

WS proceedings will be published as IEEE Proceedings in a separate volume to the main conference and so need to follow IEEE CS Manuscript Formatting Guidelines (8.5" x 11"):  http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting


Important dates:

Submission: August 10, 2013

Notification: September 2, 2013

Camera ready: September 16, 2013

Link for submission:


Conference website:


Workshop website:


Workshop Chair:

  • Yahya Al-Hazmi, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Workshop Organisers:

  • Carmelo Ragusa, SAP, UK
  • David Margery, Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, France
  • Thomas Magedanz, Technical University of Berlin / Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany
  • Philip Inglesant, The 451 Group, UK
  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks, Italy
  • Kate Mallichan, HP, UK (local support)
  • Josep Martrat, Atos, Spain (support from BonFIRE Project)

Technical Program Committee:
  • Yahya Al-Hazmi, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Justin Cappos, Polytechnic University, USA
  • Gino Carrozzo, Nextworks, Italy
  • Vegard Engen, IT Innovation Centre, University of Southampton, UK
  • Alex Galis, University College London, UK
  • Alessio Gambi, Universita’ della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
  • Anastatius Gavras, Eurescom, Germany
  • Andres Gomez, CESGA, Spain
  • Ally Hume, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Philip Inglesant, The 451 Group, UK
  • Jeremie Leguay, Thales Group, France
  • Kostas Kavoussanakis, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Bastian Koller, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apostolos Kousaridas, University of Athens, Greece
  • David Margery, Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, France
  • Josep Martrat, Atos, Spain
  • Philippe Massonet, CETIC, Belgium
  • Antonio Puliafito, Universita’ di Messina, Italy
  • Carmelo Ragusa, SAP, UK
  • Florian Schreiner, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany
  • Johan Tordsson, Umeå Universitet, Sweden
  • Filip Turck, iMinds, Belgium
  • Kurt Tutschku, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden
  • Luis Vaquero, HP, UK
  • Tim Wauters, iMinds, Belgium
  • Alexander Willner, Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Hagen Woesner, BISDN, Germany
Vegard Engen,
5 Aug 2013, 03:36