The cloud revolution of IT started with the obvious first step: to virtualize computing resources. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds expose vast amounts of resources, on demand, to anyone in the world; and for a fraction of the cost needed if the same resources had to be provisioned otherwise.
However, the vast majority of cloud users do not care about resources as much as they do about their applications and middleware (or stack), which they want to run efficiently and in a scalable manner on top of some IaaS cloud. Enter Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which results in complete stacks of software that can easily be executed and be managed on top of an IaaS. By converting the development and operations (DevOps) actions and software stack configurations into data and code, one can easily "execute" a stack description and realize it using IaaS resources.
IaaS and PaaS work together to make the cloud revolution a reality today. However, the uptake of these two groups of technologies, in order to go mainstream, face various hurdles. For instance, how do we make sure the PaaS applications work in hybrid (private and public) clouds? How do we deal with IaaS failures at the PaaS layer? How to cope with catastrophic failures (remember the AWS apocalypse of 2012)? And how to allow idiosyncratic platforms to run on PaaS that generally tend to be designed for the mainstream stacks?
In this workshop, we have gathered a program committee of mostly industry leaders in the nascent PaaS space, as well as seasoned academic leaders in middleware and systems and cloud research to create a program that will try to explore the current avenues, dead ends, and boulevard, that make the future of PaaS.
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Virtualization vs Containerization to support PaaS by Rajdeep Dua, A Reddy Raja and Dharmesh Kakadia
- Cloud Platform Support for API Governance by Chandra Krintz, Hiranya Jayathilaka, Stratos Dimopoulos, Alexander Pucher, Rich Wolski and Tevfik Bultan
- CoMoT – A Platform-as-a-Service for Elasticity in the Cloud by Hong-Linh Truong, Schahram Dustdar, Georgiana Copil, Alessio Gambi, Waldemar Hummer, Duc-Hung Le and Daniel Moldovan
- Deploying PaaS for Accelerating Cloud Uptake in the Guifi.net Community Network by Javi Jiménez, Roger Baig, Felix Freitag, Leandro Navarro and Pau Escrich
- Enabling A Load Adaptive Distributed Stream Processing Platform on Synchronized Clusters by Xing Wu and Yan Liu
|8:30a - 9:00a||Welcome and intro|
|9:00a - 10:00a||Keynote by Dr. Nic Williams, "Everyone deserves nice things"|
|10:00a - 10:30a||Break|
|10:30a - 12:00a||
|12:00p - 01:00p||Lunch|
|1:00p - 2:30p||
|2:30p - 3:00p||Discussion, future, retro|
- Isabelle Rouvellou, IBM Research
- Ignacio Silva-Lepe, IBM Research
- Han Chen, IBM Research
- Michael Maximilien, IBM Research
- Michael Behrendt, IBM CTO Office
- Patrick Chanezon, Microsoft Azure Cloud
- Kyle Chard, University of Chicago
- Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology
- Christopher Ferris, IBM Cloud Group
- Jim Frank, IBM Germany
- Karthick Gomadam, Accenture Research
- Nima Kaviani, University of British Columbia
- Chandra Krintz, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Stefan Tai, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Ajith Ranabahu, Amazon Web Services
- Dr. Nic Williams, Stark and Wayne; keynote speaker
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