NSFCloud Workshop on Experimental Support for Cloud Computing

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Workshop: NSFCloud Workshop on Experimental Support for Cloud Computing

Where: Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, VA

When: December 11-12, 2014

The NSFCloud solicitation was established in 2013 as a track within the NSF CRI program with the goal to provide an experimental platform enabling the academic research community to drive research on a new generation of innovative applications of cloud computing and cloud computing architectures. While this effort seeks to build on prior NSF investments, such as the GENI and FutureGrid testbeds, it is unique in that it targets specifically the field of cloud computing and seeks to support and integrate research in this area with innovate solutions in systems, networking, and cyber-physical system (CPS) research and thereby define a broad research agenda for the future.

The Chameleon and CloudLab projects funded under this initiative in 2014 are now being built and it is critical to initiate a dialogue between the research community and the experimental platform providers, detailing the expectations on one side and capabilities on the other. This workshop has two objectives: (1) to inform the Computer Science research community of current plans for experimental facilities to be developed under the NSFCloud program, and (2) to solicit community feedback that will shape those plans and the development of those facilities.

The workshop will be organized by the PIs of the two funded NSFCloud proposals, Kate Keahey and Rob Ricci, and will be held in the Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, VA on December 11-12, 2014.


Workshop participation will be based on the submission of short (1-2 page) position papers describing the author’s research experiments and the specific experimental requirements of those experiments. We expect that the attendees will represent a wide variety of Computer Science experiments and present a wide range of needs.

Accepted position papers will be made public on the workshop website and authors of those papers will be invited to attend the workshop in person and contribute their insights during focus sessions. In addition, authors of selected papers will be invited to present their ideas in a lightning talk session. Only authors physically attending the workshop will be invited to present.

Researchers who are unable to attend the workshop are also encouraged to submit position papers. The papers submitted without attendance will be published on the conference website together with other papers. An option in the submission system will allow you to identify whether you would like to attend or just submit the paper.

In selecting papers for attendance priority will be given to papers describing interesting experimental requirements for cloud computing research coming from the academic community in the USA. Only one author per paper (the corresponding author as identified in each submission) will be invited to attend.

Position papers will be due October 31st, 2014 – now extended to November 2nd, 2014. We expect to issue invitations to authors by November 7th, 2014.

To submit a position paper, please go here. You will need to create an account on the CMT conference management service if you don’t already have one.

We will not be able to reimburse travel in general, however a limited amount of travel support is available for participants from minority serving institutions (MSIs). If you are an MSI participant, please identify yourself a the time of paper submission.

Workshop Registration

Registration fee is waived for keynote speakers, workshop organizers and NSFCloud participants (as authorized by workshop organizers), as well as authors of accepted position papers. If you are in one of this groups you will have received a special registration link from the workshop organizers.

For all others the registration fee is as follows:

To pay the fee, please contact Kristi Hamilton at (773) 834 1412 or Ninfa Mayorga (219) 218 3468.


Workshop Organizers

Kate Keahey, Computation Institute at University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Rob Ricci, School of Computing, University of Utah

Program Committee

Amy Apon, Clemson University

Theophilus Benson, Duke University

Patrick Bridges, University of New Mexico

Ada Gavrilovska, Georgia Tech

Wyatt Lloyd, University of Southern California

Dongyan Xu, Purdue University


The NSFCloud Workshop on Experimental Support for Cloud Computing will be held on December 11-12, 2014 at the Waterview Conference Center at 1919 N. Lynn Street, Arlington VA 22209.

The conference hotel is LeMeridien Arlington, located at 1121 19th Street North, Arlington, VA 22209, and adjacent to the conference center.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the rate of $239.00 + tax. Reservations under this rate can be made either online by following the University Of Chicago NSF CLOUD link or by calling 1.888.627.7101 and mentioning “University of Chicago NSF Cloud”. Reservations must be made by November 17, 2014 to receive the discounted rate – now extended to November 24, 2014.

The hotel website includes an overview of the surrounding areas of photos, guest rooms, dining, local area, photos and directions.

We also have another block of rooms available at the Key Bridge Marriott at a discounted rate of $149.00 + tax. Reservations under this rate must be made online by November 26, 2014.


The workshop agenda is displayed below. You can also download a PDF copy .

Day 1

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration and breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 am Welcome and Workshop Goals, Kate Keahey and Rob Ricci
8:40 - 9:00 am Goals of the NSFCloud Project, Darleen Fisher, Suzanne Iacono, Bryan Lyles, Keith Marzullo
(Videos on YouTube: Session 1 and Session 2)
9:00 - 9:45 am Kate Keahey
Chameleon: a Large-Scale, Reconfigurable Experimental Environment for Cloud Research
(Video on YouTube)
9:45 - 10:30 am Rob Ricci
CloubLab (Video on YouTube)
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 am Q&A session with the NSFCloud awardees and community discussion
(Video on YouTube)
12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 pm Keynote: Jim Kurose (University of Massachusetts)
Thoughts on Experimental Midscale Infrastructure and NSFCloud
(Video on YouTube)
1:30 - 2:00 pm Keynote: Dennis Gannon (MSR retired / emeritus prof CS Indiana University)
Cloud Evolution and Scientific Data Analysis
(Video on YouTube)
2:00 - 2:30 pm Keynote: Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley, Databricks, Conviva)
Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS): Experience and Lessons Learned
(Video on YouTube)
2:30 - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Lightning Talks presentations from the participants (Video on YouTube):

Magda El Zarki
Networked Virtual Spaces and Clouds (Paper 17)
Justin Y. Shi
Extreme Scale Cloud Computing (Paper 21)
Amr El Abbadi
Managing Large Scale Transactional Data in The Cloud (Paper 29)
Zhenhai Duan
Toward Private Cloud Storage in Public Clouds (Paper 30)
Andy Bavier
OpenCloud: A Unified Service Framework (Paper 33)
Jack Lange
Targeting performance isolation in an experimental testbed (Paper 37)
Kirk W. Cameron
Improving LUC in Cloud Environments (Paper 44)
Amit Majumdar
Exploring Science Gateway Use Cases for Cloud Computing (Paper 48)
Rafael Ferreira da Silva
Experiments with Complex Scientific Applications on Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures (Paper 50)
Mai Zheng
A Reliability Analysis Framework for Cloud Storage Systems (Paper 52)
Gerald Baumgartner
A Framework for Scheduling Scientific Computing Tasks on Heterogeneous Clouds (Paper 59)
Abdelmounaam Rezgui
Ad hoc Cloud-based Computing Clusters for Big Data Processing (Paper 62)
Martin Swany
Experimental Needs for High Performance Network Research (Paper 75)
5:00 - 5:30 pm Closing remarks, review of action items

Day 2

8:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am Breakout group discussions by area
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 12:00 am Breakout group discussions by concern
12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Reports from breakouts and discussion:

Joe Mambretti and Sachin Shetty
Patrick Bridges and Jack Lange
Node-Level Systems Research Breakout
Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau and Wyatt Lloyd
Distributed Systems
Mike Zink and Warren Smith
Cyber-Physical and Real-Time
Amy Apon and Patrick Bridges
Glen Ricart and Amit Majumdar
Novel Applications
Warren Smith and Eric Eide
Research Methodology
3:00 pm Closing


All accepted position papers can be downloaded as a ZIP archive . Open the index.html file inside the archive to access the table of contents.

Workshop Report

The workshop report can be downloaded here:  cms_page_media/137/NSFCloud Report final .pdf . If you don't have the time to read the full report, the much shorter summary of findings (included in the report) will provide a solid overview and direct you to sections in which you are most interested. 

Video Recordings

The following video recordings are available:


Glenn Ricart took pictures of the speakers and of the venue surroundings.