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Open- or NotSo-OpenStack? – Comments on the OpenStack Foundation

An analysis of the OpenStack Foundation and its technical governance approach. Originally published at the ICCLab

Contributions to Open Source Software (OSS) projects are an excellent means to foster broad uptake of  innovations and has therefore become indispensable for research and development in computer science.

With the Internet allowing ubiquitous collaboration (e.g. between OSS software developers, OSS community managers, OSS document editors, etc) of all sorts, across all backgrounds, and locations spread over the entire globe, some OSS projects are so successful that they reach sizes (and budgets) that are comparable to full-blown companies.

Contributing to OSS is also an unparalleled frank (and in times brutal) means for receiving feedback by an expert community. OSS communities are commonly governed by technical meritocracy, a term inherently subjective and thus reliable warrant of controversy. Contributions are in turn relentlessly scrutinized, the latter not seldom amplified by the fact that the motivation for OSS contribution is reward by community appreciation (instead of financial compensation), a principle that renders OSS environments highly competitive, in particular for highly popular projects like Linux, Apache, OpenStack and the likes.

We, at the ICCLab, consider it paramount to deliver our ideas and innovations as running code to a few carefully selected and relevant OSS projects to get receive feedback that validates our ideas and to ensure that our ideas and innovations gain support and uptake by the community. This is an inherent element of our impact-centric research methodology.

The powers of OSS is exemplified by the OpenStack project. It emerged out of a merger between NASA and Rackspace, who both have developed their own IaaS framework but decided to cooperate for the sake of creating a serious competitor to existing incumbents, like Amazon and VMWare. This initial motivation of the founders continues to materialize and the project enjoys comprehensive community support backed up by significant financial and organizational backing by some of the most influential industry incumbents.

OpenStack meanwhile became (supposedly) the largest OSS project since Linux and reached a size significantly larger than Linux. Such growth pushes organizational structures of any OSS project to the limits. If also imposes a hefty burden onto founding members, for OpenStack in particular onto Rackspace who managed the project from an administrative perspective.

A common way out of this is to transform the organisation into an foundation, like for instance the Apache Foundation  or the Linux Foundation, and this was applied to OpenStack too. With the beginning of September 2012 the OpenStack Foundation is in charge of the OpenStack project. The advantages are evident; professional structures, comprehensive governance, and financial management. All this fosters trust as it leads OpenStack out of a loosly coupled community project into a trustworthy company-style enterprise.

But such industry-grade and -oriented advantages come at a price. While native (pure) OSS projects share powers based on meritocracy, derived from technical  expertise and commitment to the project, foundations are characterized by a significant financial dimension, and the OpenStack Foundation does not make an exception. The difficult part of this is the balanace between professional structures, the financial backing required, and the value (influence) provided to those that are willing to invest cash on one hand, and on the other to preserve the drive and nature of the OSS movement, that is technical liberty and community recognition.

The OpenStack compromise to this issue is documented in the OpenStack Foundation Bylaws. This document lays out the general framework (not to say powers) and thus puts any person and institution committed to OpenStack – just like the ICCLab – in an unequivocal context. The question therefore is: What are the implications of the OpenStack Foundation?

Our initial analysis goes here ICCLab : The OpenStack Project and Foundation

Feedback much welcome!

Invited to talk about Software-defined Networking at the ITU Telecom World 2012

ITU Telecom World 2012 is the leading platform for the global ICT community to connect, debate, network and share knowledge. Key stakeholders from across the entire industry ecosystem will come together in Dubai from 14 -18 October to harness the power of ICTs to create real change. This exclusive Leadership Summit will bring together global leaders responsible for shaping the ICT visions, policies and strategies of the future.

At the core of the World 2012 programme are the Panel Sessions, where leading industry figures engage in lively discussion on the key topics and future trends impacting the world of ICT and the world in general. These trends and topics will each be examined and debated from the three principle perspectives uniquely inherent to the industry: technology, business and policy.

It is therefore a special honour to be invited as Panel Speaker and a great feedback for the ICCLab as such.

From the Invitation Letter:

On behalf of Mr Blaise Judja-Sato, Executive Manager of ITU Telecom, we are pleased to enclose the official invitation letter extended to you by Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General, inviting you to participate in the Forum of ITU Telecom World 2012.

This is a brief description of your panel session:

Open Source Routing Monday 15 October, 15:45-17:00 One of the key drivers of the proliferation of the internet was the adoption of managed open source for the domain name infrastructure (BIND). This enabled an open, interoperable yet affordable internet for all. Today, a similar revolution is happening through trends in the virtualization of network resources such as OpenFlow. Open source routing is a new initiative that will help establish a “platform” supporting committers and communities behind the open source routing protocols. No longer will there be a reliance on equipment vendors’ proprietary hardware and closed software stacks that don’t adapt to rapid changing requirements. Virtualization and open source routing will bring a lot of disruption in the industry and also a lot of new services to the public.

Kindest regards,
ITU TELECOM Place des Nations | CH-1211 Geneva 20 | Switzerland http://world2012.itu.int/

Talk about the FI-PPP at the 3rd European Summit on the Future Internet

The 3rd European Summit on the Future Internet was hosted by TIVIT in Helsinki. After attending the first event, presenting SAP’s Future Internet vision, was invited a second time this time presenting some insights into the evolution, status, and near future of the FI-PPP from a program-level (CONCORD) perspective in my new appointment as Senior Technical Adviser to TIVIT.

The talk was recorded and the video stream can be accessed here: T. M. Bohnert, „The FI-PPP after One Year: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Opportunities Ahead“ (slides)“, 3rd European Future Internet Summit, Helsinki, June 2012

Call for Presentations „Cloud-based Service Platforms for the Future Internet“

We would like to announce the 7th Workshop (Fachgespraech) on Next Generation Service Delivery Platforms, “Cloud-based Service Platforms for the Future Internet”, of the GI/ITG specialist group on Communications and Distributed Systems „Kommunikation und Verteilte Systeme (KuVS)“.

October 2012, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Winterthur, Switzerland

As the formerly divided Telco and IT industry continues to converge in the “Future Internet”, demand for “Cloud-based Service Platforms” is sharply rising. This important topic is thus made subject of this workshop and presentations are welcome in any domain related to cloud-based service delivery, that is service delivery and cloud hosting technology that adopts, exploits, consumes, or provides any kind of cloud attributes.
It is the objective of this series of workshops to support intense discussions among researchers from industry and academia in this challenging area gluing together applications and different network types.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
On-demand, elastic, and metered computing and service delivery
Software-as-a-service, Platform-as-service, Storage as a service, Data-as-a-Service, Process-as-a-Service
Cloud computing programming and application development
Trust, privacy, and security for clouds and cloud-based service platforms
Cloud and service platform performance (QoS, power-efficiency, load balancing, etc)
Cloud and services SLAs, business models and pricing policies, subscription model
Enabling virtualization and hosting technologies, novel data centers and nano-centers concepts and technologies
Orchestration and composition of services and applications hosted in data centers and clouds
Pre-packaged applications and services hosted in the cloud, licensing and support policies
Novel cloud-based applications and services
Mobile cloud computing
Test-beds, pilots, and field trials, standardization and regulatory issues

Important Dates and Submission Information:
August 12, 2012: Deadline for Abstracts (2-3 pages max)
September 14, 2012: Notification of acceptance
October 2012: Workshop in Winterthur
September 20, 2012: Register via email
Paper submission and registration: info@kuvs-ngsdp.org
Language is English

Local (Swiss) Chairs
T. M. Bohnert and G. Baudinot (ZHAW), T. Braun (Uni Bern), B. Stiller (Uni Zurich), B. Plattner (ETH)

Steering Board
Dr. Heinrich Arnold, Deutsche Telekom AG – Laboratories, Germany, Dr. Wolfgang Kellerer, DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany, Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, Dr. Karsten Schröder, Telefonica o2 Germany, Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University, USA, Dr. Steffen Weichselbaum, Vodafone D2 GmbH, Germany

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IEEE ICC 2013 Call for Workshops – Deadline 25 June 2012

IEEE ICC 2013 Call for Workshops
Objectives
In 2013 the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2013) will be held for the first time in Eastern Europe, in the beautiful city of Budapest. As with previous editions of this IEEE ComSoc flagship conference, ICC 2013 will be hosting a set of workshops and therefore invites submission of workshop proposals.

Organization and Submission Procedure
According to IEEE Communications Society guidelines, workshops should emphasize current topics of particular interest, and should include a mix of regular papers, invited presentations, and panels, while in general promoting the participation of attendees in active discussion.

Accepted workshops will implement ComSoc’s academic best-practices, in particular in what regards peer-reviews and paper publication. Articles will be
added to IEEE Xplore and workshop proceedings are foreseen.

Workshop proposals should be submitted via EDAS (link will be available very soon) no later than 25 June 2012.

Each workshop proposal must include
– Title of the workshop
– Length of the workshop: Half-day, Full-day
– Names, addresses, and a short CV (up to 200 words) of the organizers
– A brief description (up to 1 page) of the technical issues that the workshop will address, emphasizing its timeliness
– Names of potential participants, such as program committee members and invited speakers
– Planned format of the workshop, such as number of refereed papers, hot topic sessions, keynotes, panels etc.
– If appropriate, a description of past versions of the workshop, including number of submitted and accepted papers, number of attendees, etc.
– A description of the publicity and promotion plan
– A draft call for papers
– The workshop website address (if available at the time of the proposal
– will be required later if the workshop proposal is accepted)

Important Dates
Workshop proposal submission deadline: 25 June 2012

Contacts
Thomas Michael Bohnert, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, thomas.bohnert/at/zhaw.ch, tmb.nginet.de
Christina Fragouli, Assistant Professor, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland, christina.fragouli/at/epfl.ch
Christoph Mecklenbrauker, Professor, Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria, cfm/at/nt.tuwien.ac.at

On the TPC of The 12th Intl Conf on Next Generation Wired/Wireless Advanced Networking (NEW2AN 2012)

The 12th International Conference on Next Generation Wired/Wireless Advanced Networking NEW2AN 2012
http://www.new2an.org/

August 27 – 29, 2012
St.Petersburg, Russia

co-located with
the 5th International Conference on Internet of Things and Smart Spaces ruSMART 2012
http://rusmart.e-werest.org/2012.html

HIGHLIGHTS

– NEW2AN/ruSMART 2012 proceedings will be published in Springer’s LNCS (confirmed) and indexed by relevant databases
– Submission deadline April 18, 2012
– Acceptance rate is 35% (5 years)
– Authors of the selected best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to be published in a special issue of a journal TBA

CALL FOR PAPERS

About the Conference

Next-generation mobile networks will evolve out of existing wired and wireless networks of different nature by means of convergence, fusion and mutual penetration; next-generation multimedia services in turn pose new requirements and challenges on treatment of traffic within communication systems – a certain degree of multilayer co-operation has to be achieved. This forms a framework on harmonization of results obtained separately in different areas of network research like network performance evaluation, architecture and protocol design, and low layer network design. The conference goal is in the identification, investigation and integration of new algorithms, approaches, architectures, methods and mechanisms to enable proper and efficient operation of a next-generation IP-based wireless network. Therefore, wireless networks and their interaction with wired networks shall be widely examined and addressed throughout the conference.

The history of NEW2AN dates back to 1993, today it is an established conference featured by proceedings published by Springer LNCS (confirmed) and distinguished keynote speakers.

The NEW2AN 2012 will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia – the meeting point of East and West. Through its stunning architecture and wonderful art galleries and museums, among a number of other attractions, the wealth of history of East and West can be seen and felt in this beautiful city.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

o Femtocells
o End-to-end Quality of Service Support
o Traffic Characterization and Modeling
o New Teletraffic and Network Traffic Challenges and Paradigms
o Performance Evaluation
o Resource Management and Admission Control
o Cross-layer Interactions
o P2P and P2P Overlays
o Delay Tolerant networking
o Routing and Addressing
o Overlay Networks
o Home Networks
o Transport Protocols
o Network Planning
o Network Economics and Game Theoretic Modeling
o Network Security in Wired and Wireless
o Network Management Applications
o Services and Applications
o Mobile Service Level Agreements and Specification
o Mesh and Ad-hoc Networks
o MANETs and VANETs
o Wireless Multimedia
o Wireless Sensor Networks
o Handover Techniques
o Broadcast and Satellite Communications
o Trust and Reputation
o SPAM and SPIT Prevention
o Convergence of Broadcast and Communications Technologies
o Solutions for Consumer Communications
o Digital TV and Radio Broadcasting

Paper submission

The authors are encouraged to submit full papers describing original, previously unpublished, complete research, not currently under review by another conference or journal, addressing state-of-the-art research and development in all areas of computer networking and data communications. All papers will be reviewed and accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, published by Springer-Verlag in the LNCS series. Papers must be submitted electronically in the conference site. The maximum size of papers should be 5000 words including tables and figures. Please adhere to the formatting standard for a 12-page manuscript of Springer-Verlag LNCS. The cover page must contain an abstract of about 150 words, 3-5 keywords, name and affiliation of author(s) as well as the corresponding author’s e-mail and postal address. Selected best papers will appear in a journal special issue.

Important dates

Extended paper submission April 18, 2012
Notification of acceptance May 23, 2012
Camera ready version June 03, 2012

Towards Cloud Computing Competence at InIT / ZHAW

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland with roughly 9000 students enrolled in a total of 24 Bachelor’s degree and 12 consecutive Master’s programs. One differentiating feature of ZHAW is its focus on industry co-innovation represented by 30 research institutes across 8 schools.

The Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) of the School of Engineering is currently looking for a

“Senior Researcher/Researcher in Service Engineering/Cloud Computing” (Download in PDF)

The successful candidate will conduct cutting-edge research in the area of Service Engineering / Cloud Computing. More precisely, InIT is currently working towards a Cloud Computing Competence Center for collaborative co-innovation with the Swiss high-tech SME sector covering the full range of aspects inherent to the Cloud Computing stack that is Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Typical assignments are (not limited to):

  • Research in the area of Cloud Computing (OpenStack Framework)
  • Collaboration with Swiss high-tech SMEs in co-innovation projects
  • Definition, acquisition, and leadership of research proposals / projects (national + EU)
  • Supervision of student projects and research assistants
  • Publishing in national and international conferences, magazines, and journals

Applicants must have a degree in Computer Science, or related study, with excellent results in relevant disciplines. Willingness to engage and demonstrate applied research is a prerequisite. The ideal candidate will have a passion for computer communications, distributed systems, Internet technologies combined with a solid background in software development and Open Source Software.

Knowledge of English is a prerequisite for application, German is an advantage. Most people in Switzerland can communicate conveniently in English. We expect the candidate to be an internationally oriented, enthusiastic computer engineer that enjoys working in teams with a healthy mix of scientific and applied ambition. In return we provide intellectual liberty, opportunities for applied industrial collaboration, and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards.

For further information please contact
Gerold Baudinot, Head of Institute
Tel. +4158 934 70 68
E-Mail: baug@zhaw.ch

Interested? Then send your complete application with reference “T1131” to E-Mail: bewerbung.soe@zhaw.ch

Back to the Roots

emobility-relaunch-logo_networksAt the very beginning there were the ETPs … and Net!Works (formerly known as eMobility) at the forefront of the X-ETP movment towards the definition of the FI-PPP.

Today got the chance to present the status and well-being of FI-WARE to it*s founding fathers during the Net!Works Steering Board meeting (slides).

Great pleasure, what a loss that I have to leave it along with my resignation from SAP. But let*s see what the future my bring.
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ESF COST Action IC0906: Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO)

WINEMO My fondness for ESF COST Actions should be widely known, I hope. It was also documented during an interview back in 2007 (download), in which reflections about my participation in COST290 resulted in this summary:
Why would you recommend other early stage researchers to become involved in COST?

  • The complete experience gathered by directly interacting with one and the same community over an
    extended period of time.
  • A combination of invaluable technical feedback received, more frequent and to a much larger extent than by attending conferences, and social aspects that bring young scientists forward
  • An ideal framework to establish teams. Work in science includes multiple disciplines and requires teamwork. Teamwork depends on a social network. Meeting regularly is a central element to gain credibility, establish trust and invaluable interpersonal links, the foundation of any teamwork.
  • I do not know any other programme where seniors and juniors are so vividly interacting and where, as a result of that, great ideas naturally become projects which in turn provide the vital means for scientific contributions.
  • It is therefore even more delightful to be given the chance to join the Management Committee of COST IC0906 WiNeMO with my new affiliation at ZHAW (and after repeated failures to convince SAP to do so). Thanks goes to the chair of the action, Yevgeni, and Torsten for keeping this seat free and arranging my late registration. Special thanks also to the Swiss COST office; This appointment means to act as official Swiss representative.

    About WiNeMO
    The Internet of the Future will incorporate a large number of autonomous wireless objects moving with diverse patterns and speeds while communicating via several radio interfaces. Examples of such objects may include humans, cars or unmanned aerial vehicles, with every object acting as a networking device generating, relaying and/or absorbing data. Achieving the Internet of the Future, will require global interoperability amongst objects/devices, not typically commonplace due to inherent features of today’s Internet. To overcome current shortcomings, a number of research challenges have to be addressed in the area of networking, including protocol engineering, development of applications and services, as well as realistic use-cases. The Action will increase the knowledge and coordinate research efforts of national and international projects in the area of Wireless Networking for Moving Objects (WiNeMO). Its activity will foster wide dissemination of research results, serving as an internationally recognized reference point. This will be achieved through capacity building of WiNeMO stakeholders offering appropriate networking opportunities to Early Stage Researchers. Results will also be demonstrated through joint living labs and showcases for researchers, decision makers and public exhibitions.

    Objectives
    The main objective of WiNeMo is to advance the state-of-the-art concerning networking aspects of scenarios integrating moving objects of the most varied kinds, ranging from personal use devices to sensors, into the Internet of the Future. In particular, the Action will coordinate the development of new algorithms, techniques, protocols models and tools that will facilitate the integration of moving objects into pervasive and ambient communications. The Action will foster cooperation among researchers at European and global level by contributing to the coordination and defragmentation of research efforts across Europe in the area by creating an open forum for academia and industry. As a consequence, the Action will play a supporting role to European industry – including SMEs – and will enhance cooperation between industry and academia in the area of networking support for moving objects. The Action will seek active cooperation with existing COST Actions and foster relationships with external bodies such as Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); Open Mobile Alliance (OMA); the Standardization and Radiocommunication Sectors of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The establishment of links with international (e.g. FP7 programmes) and national research projects is deemed as an essential goal which will be proactively pursued throughout the Action’s lifetime.