Keynote speakers

Pr. Harry G. Perros

Scheduling Virtual Machines in a SaaS environment

Abstract: Given the costs associated with cloud infrastructure, dynamic scheduling of virtual machines (VMs) can significantly lower costs while providing an acceptable service level. We describe a series of forecasting models for predicting the required number of VMs of a cloud-based software used as a SaaS,. These models are incorporated in a periodic-review provision model which determines how many VMs should be provisioned or de-provisioned in the next inspection interval. A simple provisioning heuristic model is also proposed, whereby a fixed reserve capacity of VMs is continuously maintained. We evaluate and compare the performance of these models using simulation and Markovian analysis for different model parameters, using historical data from the Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL) at North Carolina State University.

Biography: Harry G. Perros is a Professor of Computer Science, an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, and the co-founder and program coordinator of the Master of Science degree in Computer Networks at NC State University. He is an IEEE Fellow and he has published extensively in the area of performance modelling of computer and communication systems, and he has organized several national and international conferences. He has also published six print books and an e-book. His current research interests are in the areas of resource allocation under QoS, IoT analytics, and queueing theory.

Pr. Khaled Salah

The Cloud for Reproducible Research

Abstract:In recent years, the scientific research community has been pushing hard to address issues related to reproducibility of published research findings and results—as the consequences of research misconduct and irreproducibility have been proven to be extremely detrimental, damaging, and even life threatening. This resulted in forming a world-wide movement comprised of many renowned academics and researchers to promote research reproducibility and replication. In this talk, we will discuss and demonstrate how emerging cloud services and technologies can easily facilitate, support, and more importantly, accelerate reproducibility of scientific computation and research—thereby, enhancing transparency, credibility, and increasing the number of citations of research output. The talk will also highlight how leading scientific publishers and research funding agencies are addressing reproducibility. The talk is intended for a general audience.

Biography:Khaled Salah is a full professor at the ECE Department, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, UAE.  He joined the ECE Department in September 2010.  Prior to joining Khalifa University, Khaled was with the Department of Information and Computer Science, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Khaled has over 125 publications related to the areas of cloud computing, big data, network security, and performance evaluation.  Khaled was the recipient of Khalifa University Outstanding Research Award 2014, KFUPM University Excellence in Research Award 2009, and KFUPM Best Research Project Award 2010. He is a senior member of IEEE, and has been serving on the editorial boards of a number of WoS-listed journals including IET Networks, Wiley’s SCN, Wiley’s IJNM, Elsevier’s JNCA, J.UCS, and AJSE.

Pr. Khaldoun Al Agha

Participatory Internet: The elementory stone for smart things and smart cities

Abstrat: Things and citizens become smarter when they are fully connected. To connect billions of things and people, network infrastructure and clouds should scale on the same tendency than the volume of traffic and the number of connected devices. Participatory Internet is the key stone for such a scale. It offers the possibility to human and objects to densify the Internet infrastructure at a very low cost. Local cloud and smart edge provided by participatory Internet will offer the optimum solution to connect everything. The keynote will introduce the Participatory Internet with applications for smart citizen and smart things.

Biography: Khaldoun Al Agha is the Co-founder and CEO of Green Communications. He is a professor at the University of Paris-Sud. He led the networking group at LRI Lab and the IT Master degree at the University. Khaldoun Al Agha participated in the structuring and creation of the KIC EIT Digital and coordinated the European Action line Digital Cities in the KIC. Khaldoun Al Agha has published several books and over 150 articles. He also coordinated several national and international projects in networks and telecom. Khaldoun Al Agha was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University and USM (Valparaiso, Chile).