Cloud Computing Research Group (CCRG) at UNF

 

Welcome to the Cloud Computing Research Group

 

Acknowledgement: Research supported by the Fidelity 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 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. Sanjay 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 editorial review 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) and the SPEC RG Cloud 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) and the SPEC RG Cloud Working Group

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

 

Research Publications

Journal Publications

 

  1. 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

 

4.      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

5.      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

6.      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

7.      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

8.      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

9.      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

10.  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

11.  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

12.  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

 

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

·         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

·         Cloudlets Computing

·         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

·         New 6000-level Graduate Course: Cloud Computing, offered for the first time in Spring 2013 by Dr. Ahuja

 

Graduate Student Theses in Progress

·         Kerwin Roslie

·         Thinh Le

·         Inan Kaddour

·         Thomas Furman

 

Graduate Student Theses Completed

·         Jesus Zambrano (October 2013)

·         Bhagwathi Kaza (August 2013)

·         Sindhu Mani (December 2012)

·         Suganya Sridharan (April 2012)

 

Research Assistants 

·         Niharika Deval. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

·         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

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

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

 

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.

 

Contact Information

 

Dr. Sanjay P. Ahuja, Ph.D 
Full Professor 
Fidelity/FIS Distinguished Professor in Computing and Information Sciences
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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