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.
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!
Last week I had the pleasure to organize with Francesco Lelli and Dana Petcu the International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Cloud (C4BB4C), which took place at Madrid during the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA2012).
Cloud computing has acquired enough maturity to expand its field of application to business. Yet there are not only institutions, which use this paradigm in their production line, but there are also those which are offering services through the Cloud.
The Workshop intended to put together efforts done from service producers and consumers in order to make Cloud Computing provide an added value to the economy of any kind of institution. Technologies, policies and heuristics were shared, as it will be shown below. Of course, the know-how coming from other areas that would benefit Cloud Computing were not discarded.
The idea was originated at the 4CaaSt European Commission FP7 project but its success was ensured thanks to the collaboration with the mOSAIC European Commission FP7 project, where Dana Petcu is Scientific Coordinator. In fact, results from coming both projects were showcased and discussed during the Workshop.
Every 2 years, The International Advanced Workshop on High Performance Computing, Grids and Clouds (HPC) takes place for shedding some light on key topics in advanced high performance computing systems. From June 25th to 29th experts in the field accomplished this with about forty invited talks.
The venue has been always the same: Gran Hotel San Michele, located at Cetraro, Italy. The hotel shares the charm of the one of the most beautiful places of South Italy.
The founder of this Workshop is Professor Lucio Grandinetti from Università della Calabria. His incredible work and dedication made the best experts to take part of HPC edition after edition.
I had the honor to participate in this event with a talk entitled “Automatic IaaS Elasticity for the PaaS Cloud of the Future” where I introduced the 4CaaSt European Commission FP7 project and our work there, providing elasticity at IaaS level. In particular I showed our three approaches: cluster management with the OpenNebula virtual infrastructure manager, a proposal for SLAs and service definition, and finally a set of admission control algorithms.
As explained before, the HPC Workshop started 20 years ago. For this reason we the participants wanted to give Professor Lucio Grandinetti a tribute in the form of a gift. I have to say it was a very emotive moment, and not only for Professor Grandinetti but for all the participants!
Summer is here again and so are the preparations for the Year 2 Review at the European Commission.
This time, our General Assembly took place at Stockholm (Sweden) and was hosted by Ericsson.
In particular, the meetings were at “Ericsson Studio”, where our hosts gently showcased their latest concepts. The entire building is an ode to the integration of creativity and technology.
In fact, almost all of the discussions had to do with the integration of the components.
Also, during the social dinner the entire Consortium teamed up with the Spanish partners, as their soccer team was playing that night at the Euro 2012 championship.
Next stop will be Paris in September and then we’ll be ready for the Review.
In the middle of the second year, the 4CaaSt Consortium fixed its regular General Assembly at Nokia Siemens Networks HQ in Budapest, which was the twin capital of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.
The demos that will be shown at the European Commission are taking shape. If during the first review, each of these demos was a collection of several proofs of concept, now it’s our intention to provide bigger example blocks while we extend the features of the platform.
Additionally, we were preparing the participation of 4CaaSt at the International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Clouds (C4BB4C), which will be held at the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA2012).
The International Workshop on Clouds for Business and Business for Clouds (C4BB4C) (to be held at the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, ISPA2012) has just released the list of accepted papers.
It has been a difficult process due to the high quality of the received contributions, but finally, these are the papers that will be presented at the workshop:
4CaaSt: Comprehensive management of Cloud services through a PaaS. Sergio García-Gómez, Francesco Lelli, Manuel Escriche-Vicente, Pablo Arozarena-Llopis, Yehia Yehia Taher, Vasilios Andrikopoulos, Steve Strauch, Christof Momm, Axel Spriestersbach, Miguel Jiménez-Gañán, Goulven Le Jeune, Michel Dao, Stephane P. Carrie, Joerg Niemoller, Dimitri Mazmanov, József Biro, Andrea Giesmann and Frederic Junker.
The Medianet Project: Integration of Multimedia Services for the next Generations Business oriented Internet. Jaime Garcia-Reinoso, Guillermo Ibañez, Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti and Ignacio Martin Llorente.
Towards Cloud-enabled Business Process Management based on Patterns, Rules and Multiple Models. Dana Petcu and Vlado Stankovski.
A Holistic Model for Making Cloud Migration Decision: A Consideration of Security, Architecture and Business Economics. Bjorn Johnson and Yanzhen Qu.
Incorporating Business Intelligence in Cloud Marketplaces. Anna Gatzioura, Andreas Menychtas, Vrettos Moulos and Theodora Varvarigou.
Revenue Models for Streaming Applications over Shared Clouds. Rafael Tolosana, Jose Angel Bañares, Congduc Pham and Omer Rana.
Issue in Automatic Combination of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Dinh Khoa Nguyen and Francesco Lelli.
Service Datastores in Cloud Governance. Adrian Copie, Teodor-Florin Fortis, Victor Ion Munteanu and Viorel Negru.
SDP as a Service (SDPaaS): A New Revenue Stream for Operators. Joaquín Salvachúa and Luis Galindo.
Aggregating Price Models for Composite Services in Cloud Service Marketplaces. Frederic Junker, Juergen Vogel and Katarina Stanoevska.
Hope to see you at Madrid!
This Workshop couldn’t be possible without the following projects: MEDIANET (Comunidad de Madrid S2009/TIC-1468), HPCcloud (MICINN TIN2009-07146) and 4CaaSt (Gr. Agree. 258862).
Last week I was invited by the Russian Space Research Institute (IKI) at Moscow to give a talk on cloud computing in the context of our collaboration within the Mars MetNet Mission.
An overview of the technology focusing on our efforts in European FP7 projects (4CaaSt among others) along with our latest achievements in the porting and optimization of critical applications were shown. Also, meetings were held in order to study the possibility of extending our collaboration to other space missions and not only to planet Mars.
Thanks to IKI I had the opportunity to visit the “Star City”, also known as “Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center”, where all astronauts traveling to the International Space Station perform their preparation.
So far, the publications produced by this research line are the following:
- J.L. Vázquez-Poletti, G. Barderas, I.M. Llorente and P. Romero: A Model for Efficient Onboard Actualization of an Instrumental Cyclogram for the Mars MetNet Mission on a Public Cloud Infrastructure. PARA2010: State of the Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing, Reykjavík (Iceland), June 2010. Proceedings published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Volume 7133, pp. 33-42, 2012. Springer Verlag.
Pilar Romero, Gonzalo Barderas, Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti and Ignacio M. Llorente: Temporal Areographic Patterns of Phobos Eclipses on Mars for the Metnet Precursor Mission. 8th European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2011 (EGU 2011), Vienna (Austria), April 2011. Proceedings published in Geophysical Research Abstracts. Volume 13, EGU2011-6470, 2011. Copernicus Publications.
- P. Romero, G. Barderas, J.L. Vázquez-Poletti and I.M. Llorente: Chronogram to detect Phobos Eclipses on Mars with the MetNet Precursor Lander. Planetary and Space Science, vol. 59, n. 13, 2011, pp. 1542-1550.
- A.-M. Harri, W. Schmidt, P. Romero, L. Vazquez, G. Barderas, O. Kemppinen, C. Aguirre, J.L. Vazquez-Poletti, I.M. Llorente and H. Haukka: Phobos eclipse detection on Mars, theory and practice. Technical Report, 2012 (to be published), Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland.
Our latest work in the context of the Mars MetNet mission has been featured on Datanami, an on-line publication devoted to Big Data. This mission brings together Finland, Russia and Spain, aiming to deploy a meteorological network on the Mars surface consisting in several tens of probes.
This time, the challenge has to do with the data gathered by NASA’s Viking landers 40 years ago. Its re-process will not only aid in the formulation of valid Martian weather models but also to improve the Cloud framework that will be used for the future data from the Mars MetNet probes.
You can read the full article here.