UNICO workshop: Using and building cloud testbeds

Author: Kostas Kavoussanakis
Posted: 15 Jul 2013 | 07:47
Conference: CloudCom 2013 (Bristol, UK; December 2-5, 2013), Extended deadline for papers submission: August 10, 2013
We invite you to submit papers to the half-day workshop "UsiNg and building ClOud Testbeds – UNICO" that the BonFIRE project is organising within the context of CloudCom2013 in Bristol.


Today there is a variety of cloud testbeds which aim to offer the possibility of investigating and understanding 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 the 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 are soliciting submissions that give 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 optimisation in the cloud from a variety of application domains including medical, engineering, media or home-automated services. We are also soliciting 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 of 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 are limited to 6 pages, including all figures, tables, and references.
Workshop proceedings will be published as IEEE Proceedings in a separate volume to the main conference and so need to follow the IEEE CS Manuscript Formatting Guidelines (8.5" x 11"):

Dates for paper submission

  • Submission: August 10, 2013
  • Notification: Sept 2, 2013

Link for submission

Conference website

Workshop website

Workshop chair

  • Yahya Al-Hazmi (Technical University of Berlin)

Workshop organizers and contact information

  • Carmelo Ragusa (SAP)
  • David Margery  (Inria)
  • Thomas Magedanz (TUB / FH-Fokus)
  • Philip Inglesant (451 Research)
  • Gino Carrozzo (Nextworks)
  • Kate Mallichan (HP) – local support
  • Josep Martrat (Atos) – support from BonFIRE Project 


Kostas Kavoussanakis, EPCC

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