Time critical applications and infrastructure optimization

the 3rd edition in the series of workshop on

Interoperable infrastructures for interdisciplinary big data sciences (IT4RIs 18)

In conjunction with Amsterdam HPC master course (HPC 2018)


[CFP | Program | Date | pdf]


Venue: WCW, Amsterdam Science Park 125, (room: Turingzaal), 1098XH, Amsterdam

January 18, 2018, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Previous events: [2015 | 2016]

Submission deadline extended to December 25, 2017

Selected papers will be invited to a FGCS special issue

Workshop registration, before Jan 15, 2018

Aims and scope

Real-time applications (disaster warning and response, traffic flow control, weather monitoring and forecasting, etc.) are among the most challenging applications to develop, deploy and control on distributed infrastructure, but can be of great current and future value to research, industry and public safety/security. Applications that fuse real-time requirements with environmental science require the establishment of dedicated agile e-infrastructure that can provide fundamental storage and processing capacity that is able to respond effectively to time-critical events.


To address many of the real-time challenges facing the scientific research community and society at large today, it is necessary to be able to analyse and process large quantities of heterogeneous data acquired in several different scientific domains and at present distributed across many different kinds of existing ICT infrastructure. Of particular concern is how to manage real-time aspects in the management of large quantities of data being generated by sensor deployments in real-time, the fast orchestration of workflows on virtual infrastructure in response to real-time events or in response to irregular demands on resources by researchers, and the search and aggregation of research data from multiple sources and catalogues on-demand. Solutions that make use of new developments in Cloud, virtual infrastructure, or software engineering tools and methodologies are particularly timely in this context.


The workshop for "interoperable infrastructures for interdisciplinary big data science (IT4RIs)" focuses on practical aspects of the design, development and operation of research e-infrastructure and virtual research environments, as well as the interaction between ICT infrastructure and user communities. This year, the workshop specifically highlights the software engineering aspects for time critical cloud applications: engineering approaches, standards, methodologies and utilizations in infrastructures. The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers and developers to exchange their experiences and ideas on building nearly real-time data processing solutions, and models for programming, executing and controlling time-critical applications on virtualized infrastructures (e.g., Clouds).



Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts that demonstrate current research in all aspects of interoperable infrastructure for interdisciplinary big data science. The workshop solicits novel papers on a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

-       Real-time guarantee for sensor networks

-       Real-time data quality control

-       Time-critical applications in Clouds

-       Nearly real-time data processing in data infrastructures

-       Real-time data analytics

-       Citation and identification of dynamic data

-       Disaster early warning systems

-       Live event broadcasting in Clouds

-       Reference model for time-critical systems

-       Real-time decision support

-       Time-critical data processing workflows

-       Virtualized infrastructure for time-critical applications

-       Software-defined networking for time-critical applications

-       Self-adapting big data application on Cloud

-       Software workbenches for time-critical applications

-       Policies for research infrastructure interoperability and their implementations

Paper submission and publication

All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format via online submission system, and must describe original work not previously published or concurrently. All submissions will be peer reviewed. The papers should follow the IEEE 8.5"x11" two-column format. We welcome full papers (up to 10 pages, substantive work), and short papers (up to 6 pages, work in progress)

An author of each accepted paper is required to register and present the paper in the workshop. Selected high quality papers will be invited for a special journal issue in Future Generation Computer System.

Special issue:

-       Selected papers will be invited to the special of time critical applications on software defined infrastructure in the international journal of Future Generation Computing Systems.





Session 1 (9:00-10:40): Time critical cloud computing: Software engineering challenges in cloud applications (Dr. Zhiming Zhao)


  1. Zhiming Zhao, 10min SWITCH: challenges, approach and achievements [10.5281/zenodo.1162865]
  2. Polona Stefanic, 10min, TOSCA-based SWITCH Workbench for application composition and infrastructure planning of time-critical applications [10.5281/zenodo.1162872]
  3. Louise Knight, 10min, Towards a Methodology for Creating Time-critical, Cloud-based CUDA Applications [10.5281/zenodo.1162877]
  4. Huan Zhou, 10min, CloudsStorm: An Application-driven DevOps Framework for Managing Networked Infrastructures on Federated Clouds [10.5281/zenodo.1162914]
  5. Sandi Gec, 10min, QoS-Aware Orchestration in the SWITCH environment [10.5281/zenodo.1162922]
  6. Panel discussion (40min)
    1. Title: Time critical cloud computing: gaps and future direction
    2. Moderator, Zhiming Zhao,
    3. Panelists: Guadalupe Flores, George Suciu, Guadalupe Flores, Pedro Santos, Vlado Stankovski, Andrew Jones,
    4. Industrial short talks:  (5min*3): use case, challenges, achievements and wishes
      1. BEIA: Real-Time Telemetry System for Emergency Situations using SWITCH [10.5281/zenodo.1162888]
      2. MOG:  Cloud studio for live event broadcasting
      3. WT: Collaborative Real-Time Business Communication Platform [10.5281/zenodo.1162897]


Break: 10:40-11:00


Session 2 (11:00-12:30): (Use cases/ENTICE) Infrastructure optimization for data intensive applications- (Dr. Radu Prodan)

  1. Radu Prodan, 15min, Introduction to ENTICE [10.5281/zenodo.1163995]
  2. CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER IN INNSBRUCK: Thomas Fahringer, 30min, Predicting Task Execution Times for Clouds using a Two-stage Machine learning approach
  3. David Gonzalez, 30min, Payload Data Ground Segment in Cloud for Earth Observation Satellites with the Entice Middleware [10.5281/zenodo.1162900]
  4. Guadalupe Flores Salado, 15min ENTICE business benefits to a Cloud Soft Provider Company [10.5281/zenodo.1164047]
  5. Nishant Saurabh, 15min, Optimized VMI Storage and Distribution in Federated Cloud Environment [10.5281/zenodo.1164001]
  6. Sandi Gec, 15min, Semantics for the Cloud: The ENTICE integrated environment and opportunities with smart contracts [10.5281/zenodo.1163999]


Lunch: 12:30-13:30


Session 3: (13:30- 15:00) Security and AAI challenges and solutions in RI and VRE (Dr. Jacco van Ossenbruggen)


      Ralph Koning: Measuring the efficiency of SDN mitigations against cyber attacks [10.5281/zenodo.1162910]

      Alessandro Paolini: EGI e-Infrastructure and AAI solutions [10.5281/zenodo.1162936]

      Jacco van Ossenbruggen, Security, Privacy and Trust Strategies for a Virtual Research Environment [10.5281/zenodo.1162906]

Panel discussion:

  • Moderator: Jacco van Ossenbruggen
  • Panelists: Mark Santcroos (LUMC), Franciska de Jong (CLARIN), Alessandro Paolini (EGI)
  • Topic: Research Infrastructure Policies and their Implementation.


Break: 15:00-15:30


Session 4: (15:30-17:00) (Future challenges, strategy and agenda) From Cloud computing, digital infrastructures and open data market to EOSC (Dr. Zhiming Zhao)

Invited talks:

  1. Malcolm Atkinson, 20min- Pushing the limits for data-powered research [10.5281/zenodo.1164420]
  2. Cees de Laat, 20min, Open Data market [10.5281/zenodo.1162928]
  3. Yannick 20min, EOSC and future vision [10.5281/zenodo.1165664]
  4. Panel discussion (30min)
    1. Title: What is the best strategy for data-powered research?
    2. Moderator: Zhiming Zhao
    3. Panelists: Malcolm Atkinson, Yannick Legre, Wouter Los, Cees de Laat


Session 5: 17:00- 19:30 Demo and poster (Dr. George Suciu Jr.)

  1. Short presentation (2min per demo/poster) of each demo/Poster (17:00-17:30)
    1. SWITCH CU (Matej Cigale),
    2. SWITCH BEIA (George Suciu),
    3. SWITCH MOG (Pedro Santos ),
    4. SWITCH WT (Guadalupe Flores)
    5. ENVRIPLUS.EuroArgo (Spiros Koulouzis)
    6. VRE4EIC (Paul Martin)
    7. Edison (Yuri Demchenko)
  2. Reception 17:30- 19:30



IT4RIs will take place at Science Park Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Important Dates

-       Submission deadline: November 15, 2017 -> December 25, 2017

-       Notification: December 15, 2017 -> January 5, 2018

-       Camera ready version: January 5, 2018 -> January 15, 2018

-       Registration: January 15, 2018

-       Workshop: January 18, 2018

-       Post special issue submission: March, 15, 2018

Programme committee

-       Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

-       Alessandro Spinuso, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), the Netherlands

-       Alex Hardisty, Cardiff University, UK

-       Alex Vermeulen, Lund University, Sweden

-       Andrew Jones, Cardiff University, UK

-       Ari Asmi, University of Helsinki, Finland

-       Malcolm Atkinson, the University of Edinburgh, UK

-       Cees de Laat, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

-       Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara, Romania

-       Daniele Bailo, INGV, Italy

-       Guadalupe Flores Salado, Wtelecom, Spain

-       George Suciu Jr., BEIA Consult, Romania

-       Ian Taylor, Cardiff University, UK

-       Jacco van Ossenbruggen, CWI, the Netherlands

-       Ingemar Haggstrom, EISCAT Scientific Association, Sweden

-       Jean Daniel Paris, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de lEnvironnement, France

-       Jian Cao, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

-       Leonardo Candela, CNR, Italy

-       Lican Huang, Zhejiang Science and Technology University, China

-       Liqiang Wang, University of Central Florida, USA

-       Paola Grosso, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

-       Paul Martin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

-       Rob van Nieuwpoort, Netherlands e-Science centre

-       Sebastian Altmeyer, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

-       Thomas Loubrieu, Ifremer, France

-       Vlado Stankovski, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

-       Xiaofei Liao, Huazhong Scientific Technology University, China

-       Yin Chen, Egi.eu, the Netherlands

Organizing committee

Dr. Zhiming Zhao (Chair)
email: z.zhao@uva.nl

Tel: +31 20 5257599

Fax: +31 20 5257490

www: staff.fnwi.uva.nl/z.zhao/

Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
1098XH, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Dr. Radu Prodan

Email: radu@dps.uibk.ac.at

University of Innsbruck, Austria


Prof. Keith Jeffery
Email: Keith.Jeffery@keithgjefferyconsultants.co.uk

Natural Environmental Research Council, EPOS Project, UK


Alexandre Ulisses M.Sc
Email: alexandre.ulisses@mog-technologies.com

MOG Technologies, Portugal


Supporting EU projects and sponsors


EU H2020 projects