Distributed systems, addressing the intelligent and automatic management of resources and applications in, e.g., compute clouds and software-defined infrastructures.
The Umeå University distributed systems' research focuses on the autonomous management of the resources and applications forming the digitized society. Target infrastructures span from single large-scale cloud datacenters, via federations of clouds, to the highly distributed clouds that potentially may become the backbone for the full-fledged Internet-of-Things (IoT) and the more flexible concept of Software-Defined Infrastructures.
Research drivers are compute and data intensive applications requiring, e.g., elastic locality-aware infrastructures to meet the rapid capacity and locality variations of industrial services and large-scale distributed environments that enable coordinated use of federated resources for eScience applications, and machine-to-machine applications in the IoT context.
The research itself is highly multidisciplinary, developing the future autonomous management systems with contributions from feedback control, discrete optimization, mathematical statistics, and artificial intelligence including, in particular, artificial intelligence.
Research outcomes include autonomous management systems for operating the IT infrastructure and applications of the future. Central to the approach are software with flexibility in deployment and policy customization, providing key functionality for broad sets of usage scenarios.
Cloud Control Workshops
We have established the Cloud Control Workshops. For past and upcoming events, see cloudresearch.org/workshops/
Olumuyiwa Ibidunmoye - PhD Defense
On the 14th of December 2017, Olumuyiwa Ibidunmoye defends his PhD thesis entitled "Performance Anomaly Detection and Resolution for Autonomous Clouds". Faculty Opponent is Professor Rolf Stadler, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
The 11th Cloud Control Workshop
The 11th Cloud Control Workshop was held at Haga Slott, by the Mälaren Sea, on June 12-14, 2017 with over 80 invited participants from all over the world (of which most were first time participants).
Gonzalo Rodrigo - PhD Defense
On the 21st of April 2017, Gonzalo Rodrigo defended his PhD thesis entitled "HPC Scheduling in a Brave New World". Faculty Opponent was Professor Ewa Deelman, University of Southern California, CA, USA.
The 10th Cloud Control Workshop
The 10th Cloud Control Workshop was organized at Strömbäck just outside Umeå, on February 27 to March 1, 2017. The workshop was particularly focused on the core team behind the the Cloud Control project but included also a few collaboration partners and a session organized by Ericsson Research (http://cloudresearch.org/workshops/workshops/10th/).
Eight postdoctoral stipends in autonomous systems
The Kempe Foundations have granted two years of funding for eight postdoctoral researchers in autonomous systems in a project lead by Erik Elmroth. Autonomous systems consist of software and infrastructure that together with humans provide increased functionality, sustainability, and efficiency for society, such as self-driving cars, industry robots, and socially intelligent computer systems that can help people in their everyday life. Two of the stipends are focusing on autonomous management of clouds. The ambition is to have all postdocs starting in the fall of 2017.
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