Distributed Systems

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 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.

Research outcomes include autonomous infrastructure management systems and sophisticated tools for creating cloud-enabled applications. 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/


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. See article for more information.

Gonzalo Rodrigo in the SC15 Mentor-Protégé programme
Gonzalo Rodrigo takes part in the SC15 International Mentor-Protégé programme, where he has been paired-up with Associate Professor Alexandru Iosup from TU Delft as his mentor. The program is organized as part of the world's major supercomputing event, the SC conference series. For an article about that mentorship, please read here.

Johan Tordsson awarded the Nordea Scientific Prize
On October 22nd, Johan Tordsson was awarded the Nordea Scientific Award. The award is provided by Nordea’s Norrland Foundation and includes a  monetary award of 100 000 SEK. The award ceremony was preceded by an award lecture earlier the same day.

RECAP and ACTiCLOUD - Two New EU H2020 Projects
The EU has decided to fund two projects in which the research group takes part.  The 4.6 m Euro project RECAP (Reliable Capacity Provisioning and Enhanced Remediation for Distributed Cloud Applications) includes 9 partners and is coordinated by University of Ulm, Germany.  The 4.7 m Euro project ACTiCLOUD (ACTivating resource efficiency and large databases in the CLOUD) includes 8 partners and is coordinated by the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Both projects are for three years and are expected to start in early 2017.

Olumuyiwa Ibidunmoye - Ph.Lic Defense
On the 24th of May 2016, Olumuyiwa Ibidunmoye defended his Ph licentiate thesis entitled "Performance Problem Diagnosis in Cloud Infrastructures. Discussion leader was Giuliano Casale, Imperial College, London, UK.

The 9th Cloud Control Workshop
The 9th Cloud Control Workshop is organized at Friiberghs Herrgård just north of Stockholm Arlanda airport, on June 27-29, 2016 open to invited participants from all over the world (http://www.cloudresearch.org/workshops/9th/).

Kick-off for the WASP Graduate School
The Graduate School of the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program (WASP), in which the group takes part, holds its kick-of at Linköping University on April 7-8, 2016.

More news can be found here.

Open positions

Vacancies Application Deadline Reference Number
Postdoctoral stipend in Anomaly Detection in Future Cloud Computing Infrastructures Feb 1, 2017 FS 2.1.6-2279-16
Postdoctoral stipend in Autonomous Resource Allocation for Rack-Scale Systems Feb 1, 2017     FS 2.1.6-2286-16
1-2 Postdoctoral researcher positions in Computing Science with focus on resource management in Cloud and Edge computing (2 years) Oct 31 2016 AN 2.2.1-1136-16
PhD Student position in Autonomus Resource Management for the Distributed Cloud <position filled> ANN 221-1093-15
Assistant Professor in Database Systems (contributing to federated database solutions) <position filled> AN
Postdoc Position in Computing Science (Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems) <position filled> AN
PhD Students in Cloud Computing <position filled> 313-716-13

PhD Students in Cloud Computing

<positions filled> 313-203-13
PhD student in Distributed (Grid and Cloud) Computing <position filled> 313-652-12
Post Doc Stipend in Cloud Computing <position filled> 223-1509-12

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Erik Elmroth
Department of Computing Science, Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 

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