Cloud Computing Research Group (CCRG) at UNF

 

Welcome to the Cloud Computing Research Group

 

Acknowledgement: Research supported by the FIS Distinguished Professorship awarded to Dr. Ahuja

 

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Cloud computing is a transformative approach to computing involving many aspects, including large-scale distributed algorithms that run on massive datasets, high-end computers residing in massive datacenters, rapid provisioning of computing resources on-demand, as well as mobile and web-based applications accessible from anywhere in the world. Cloud computing promises to fundamentally transform how we interact with information and is changing the way in which businesses, governments and consumers work, live, play and socialize. Cloud computing brings to the table a very compelling economic business model that is very important to large organizations. Applications of cloud computing are as diverse as human resource applications, mobile applications, high-performance scientific applications, and bioinformatics. The cloud even brings environmental benefits since users share computing resources thus using these resources more efficiently and because the data centers are typically located closer to power generating sources the need to distribute electricity to widely scattered computing resources is reduced.  Clouds offer potentially unlimited scalability and virtualization of resources so system management issues are hidden from the end-user. 

 

The Cloud Computing Research Group at UNF was established in Fall 2011 by Dr. Sanjay Ahuja and focuses on infrastructure and performance evaluation and benchmarking of cloud computing platforms, cloud architectures, applications of cloud computing, cloud middleware, and security threats to cloud computing infrastructures. The research group is directed by Dr. Ahuja.   Faculty, students and other individuals interested in how the future of cloud computing evolves through research and education are welcome to contact Dr. Ahuja. He serves on the International Advisory Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC). He is also a member of, and represents UNF, at the SPEC Research Group (RG), the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group, and the SPEC RG Big Data Working Group. Dr. Ahuja and Dr. Roger Eggen are the lead faculty members of this research group.

 

 

Article in the Jacksonville Business Journal

 

             Dr. Ahuja’s interview in the Jacksonville Business Journal on Cloud Security and Cloud Data Center Certifications

 

 

 Member of the SPEC Research Group (RG), the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group, and the SPEC RG Big Data Working Group

·         Dr. Ahuja is a member of, and represents UNF, at the SPEC Research Group (RG) (http://research.spec.org/home.html), the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group (http://research.spec.org/working-groups/rg-cloud-working-group.html), and the SPEC RG Big Data Working Group (http://research.spec.org/en/working-groups/big-data-working-group.html).

·         The Cloud Working Group investigates cloud benchmarking and cloud performance evaluation through diverse   quantitative evaluation tools, including benchmarks, metrics, and workload generators. The Cloud Working Group focuses on novel cloud properties such as elasticity, performance isolation, dependability, and other non-functional system properties, in addition to classical performance-related metrics such as response time, throughput, scalability, and efficiency.

·         The Big Data Working Group focuses on specifying and classifying big data systems, developing rules and tools for big data benchmarking. These benchmarks would model end-to-end scenarios for big data, and cover different data genres, e.g.  graphs, streams, unstructured data, structured records.

Refereed Research Publications

Book Chapters

 

1.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Kaza, Bhagavathi, Performance Evaluation of Data Intensive Computing in the Cloud, Published in “Cloud Technology: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications”, IGI-Global Publishers, Chapter 88, pp. 1901-1914, 2015. http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/performance-evaluation-of-data-intensive-computing-in-the-cloud/119939

 

2.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., System Benchmarking on Public Clouds: Comparing Instance Types of Virtual Machine Clusters. Published in "Advanced Research on Cloud Computing Design and Applications", IGI-Global Publishers, February 2015.

 

 

Journal Publications

 

3.       Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Soni, N., An Empirical Performance Analysis of IaaS Clouds with CloudStone Web 2.0 Benchmarking Tool. Accepted to the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing, (IJWNBT), IGI-Global Publishers, September 2016.

 

4.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Muthiah, K., Survey of the State-of-Art in Green Cloud Computing. To appear in the International Journal of Green Computing, (IJGC), IGI-Global Publishers, volume 7(1), 2016.

 

5.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Zambrano, J., Mobile Cloud Computing: Offloading Mobile Processing to the Cloud, Computer and Information Science (CIS) Journal, volume 9, No. 1, February 2016, pp. 90 - 100. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/cis/article/view/54942

 

6.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Vijaykumar, Sruthi., Hadoop Based Data Intensive Computation on IaaS Cloud Platforms, Computer and Information Science (CIS) Journal, volume 8, No. 3, August 2015, pp. 103- 118. http://ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/cis/article/view/51027

 

7.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Deval, N., System Level Benchmarks for the Cloud, Computer and Information Science (CIS) Journal, volume 8, No. 2, May 2015.http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/cis/issue/view/1310

 

8.      Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Kaza, Bhagavathi,  Performance Evaluation of Data Intensive Computing in the Cloud, Accepted to the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC), June 2014.

 

  1. Ahuja, Sanjay P., Furman, T., Wheeler, J., and Roslie, K., Empirical Performance Assessment of Public Clouds Using System Level Benchmarks, International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC), Volume 3, No. 4, 2013.  http://www.igi-global.com/article/empirical-performance-assessment-of-public-clouds-using-system-level-benchmarks/105511

 

  1. Ahuja, Sanjay P., and Moore, B., A Survey of Cloud Computing and Social Networks, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies (NCT), Volume 2, No. 2, December 2013, pp. 11-16. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/23882

 

11.  Ahuja, Sanjay P., Mani, S., Empirical Performance Analysis of HPC Benchmarks Across Variations of Cloud Computing, International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC), Volume 3, No. 1, pp. 13 – 26, 2013. http://www.igi-global.com/article/empirical-performance-analysis-hpc-benchmarks/78515

12.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Moore, B., State of Big Data Analysis in the Cloud, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies (NCT), Volume 2, No. 1, pp. 62 – 68, June 2013. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/26587

13.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Komathukattil, D., A Survey of the State of Cloud Security, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies (NCT), Volume 1,  No. 2, December 2012. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/21403

14.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Mani, S., and Zambrano, J., A Survey of the State of Cloud Computing in Healthcare, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies (NCT), Volume 1,  No. 2, December 2012. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/19240

15.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Sridharan, S., Performance Evaluation of Hypervisors for Cloud Computing, International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing (IJCAC), Volume 2, Issue 3, November2012. http://www.igi-global.com/article/performance-evaluation-hypervisors-cloud-computing/72326

16.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Rolli, A., Exploring the Convergence of Mobile Computing with Cloud Computing, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies, Network and Communication Technologies Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 2-6, June 2012. http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/14900

17.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Mani, S., Availability of Services in the Era of Cloud Computing, Journal of Network and Communication Technologies (NCT), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 97-102, June 2012.http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/nct/article/view/14392

18.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., and Mani, S., The State of HPC in the Cloud, Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information SciencesVolume 3 No.2, pp. 262-265, February 2012. http://www.cisjournal.org/journalofcomputing/archive/vol3no2/vol3no2_20.pdf

19.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P. and Rolli, A., Survey of the State-of-the-Art in Cloud Computing, International Journal of Cloud Computing and Applications, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp. 34-43, October 2011.http://www.igi-global.com/article/survey-state-art-cloud-computing/60407

 

International Conference Publications

 

20.  Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Experimental Support for Cloud Benchmarking and Performance Evaluation: Why Now?  A Position Paper, NSF Cloud Workshop, Arlington, VA, December 2014.

 

Grants

·         Submitted a grant proposal titled Towards Benchmarking and Performance Evaluation of HPC and Big-Data Applications on IaaS Clouds to the National Science Foundation, January 2014, $438,917.

·         Submitted a grant proposal titled Tacit Knowledge to Virtual Training (TK2VT) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing, October 2013. $42,000.

·         Ahuja, Sanjay, P.  Awarded a grant by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Vistakon) Corporation, Benchmarking and Performance Analysis of VMWare ESXi Based Private Cloud. 2013-2014.

·         Ahuja, Sanjay, P. UNF Summer Teaching Grant to Dr. Ahuja for Summer 2012 for developing a new graduate course in Cloud Computing.

·         Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Eggen, Roger, Seyed-Abbassi, Behrooz, UNF Foundation Grant for research in Mobile Cloud Computing. Applied Spring 2013.

 

Research Projects Completed

·         Benchmarking Web 2.0 Applications on IaaS Clouds using CloudStone Benchmarking Tool (completed March 2015)

·         Hadoop Based Data-Intensive Computing on the Cloud (completed December 2014)

·         Empirical Performance Analysis of Mobile Cloud Computing (completed November 2013)

·         Performance Evaluation of Data Intensive Computing in the Cloud (completed August 2013)

·         High-Performance Computing (HPC) in the Cloud (completed December 2012)

·         Performance Evaluation of Hypervisors (completed April  2012)

 

Ongoing Research Projects

·         Performance Evaluation of Hadoop Based Big Data Applications with Hi-Bench Benchmarking tool on IaaS Clouds

·         Cloudlets Computing

·         System Level Benchmarking on Clouds

·         Empirical Evaluation of Public Cloud Computing Infrastructures

·         Open Source Private Cloud Computing Architectures

 

CCRG Faculty

·         Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja

sahuja@unf.edu

 

·         Dr. Roger Eggen

ree@unf.edu

 

·         Dr. Behrooz Seyed-Abbassi

abbassi@unf.edu

 

 New Graduate Course Developed by Dr. Ahuja

·         Designed and developed new 6000-level graduate course: CEN 6086 Cloud Computing, offered for the first time in Spring 2013 by Dr. Ahuja.

·         CEN 6086 Cloud Computing, offered in Spring 2015.

 

Graduate Student Theses in Progress

·         Niharika Deval

·         Karthika Muthiah

·         Ramya Mullaguru

·         Inan Kaddour

·         Thomas Furman

 

Graduate Student Theses Completed

·         Neha Soni (March 2015)

·         Sruthi Vijaykumar (December 2014)

·         Jesus Zambrano (October 2013)

·         Bhagwathi Kaza (August 2013)

·         Sindhu Mani (December 2012)

·         Suganya Sridharan (April 2012)

 

Research Assistants 

·         Karthika Muthiah. Spring 2015 – Spring 2016.

·         Aaron Wagner, Summer 2014 – Spring 2016.

·         Niharika Deval. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 – Spring 2015.

·         Thomas Furman. Spring 2013 – Summer 2013.

·         Bryan Moore. Fall 2012 – Spring 2013.

·         Sindhu Mani. Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.

·         Alan Rolli. Fall 2010 – Spring 2011.

 

Directed Independent Studies

·         Deepa Komathukattil, A Survey of the State of Cloud Security, Spring 2012.

·         Sindhu Mani, High Performance Computation in the Cloud, Summer 2011.

 

Presentations

·         Ahuja, Sanjay, P., Let’s Head for the Clouds: A View of Cloud Computing, College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction (CCEC) Colloquium at the University of North Florida, February 2013.

 

Training

·         Hadoop On-Demand Training at https://www.mapr.com/services/mapr-academy/big-data-hadoop-online-training

 

Contact Information

 

Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, Ph.D 
Full Professor 
FIS Distinguished Professor in Computing and Information Sciences (2010-2014)
Senior Member, IEEE 
School of Computing 
College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction 
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL 32224.

Direct phone line: (904) 620-1317
Phone: (904) 620-2985
Fax: (904) 620-2988

Email: sahuja@unf.edu

 

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