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ICCLab will present at the „Open Cloud and Public Administration“ event

Title: The OpenStack Cloud Computing Framework and Eco-System
Authors: Andrew Edmonds, Christof Marti, Fabrice Mannhart, Thomas M. Bohnert (presenter)

OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

The InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab) of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences is researching the full cloud computing stack. Much of this work happens in the context of the OpenStack framework and the ICCLab is official coordinator of the „OpenStack Community Switzerland“.

In this talk we’ll present evolution, objectives, scope, and status of the the OpenStack project. Attendees will be briefed from an technological and eco-system perspective, thus learning what defines Cloud Computing, how OpenStack implements Cloud Computing, and how to engage with the OpenStack community. The talk will close with a short overview of research activities and services provided by the ICClab.

Event: Open Cloud and Public Administration
/ch/open will organize an event in June in Bern about Open Cloud and Public Administrations. The event will be under the sponsorship of Oscar Nierstrasz of the Software Composition Group of the Institute of Informatics and Applied Mathematics of the University of Bern.
Place: University of Bern, UniS, room 003
Date: 19. June 2012
Audience: 150-200 participants
Motivation and Goal

Cloud Computing becomes more and more important. To get the full power of clouds in the view of /ch/open these
clouds should be open according of the principles open cloud initiative (
The goal is to foster open clouds and interoperability of clouds. Especially taking into account the requirements of
public administrations.

Towards the InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab)

We are building a Cloud Computing Living Lab. Principal motivations and objectives are

  • to innovate with the Swiss SME sector
  • to foster Cloud Computing uptake
  • to conduct academic research in all aspects of the Cloud Computing technology stack
  • include Cloud Computing topics into service engineering curriculum

The framework of choice is OpenStack, which apparently enjoys significant industry and academic support and has reached good levels of maturity. The lab will support pre-productive usage scenarios on top of OpenStack services as well as experimental research on OpenStack technology and potential extensions. A simplified and logical representation of the lab is shown in the figure.


The lab is equipped with 15 computing units, each running on 8×2.4 Ghz Cores, 64GB RAM and 4x1TB local storage per unit. To store templates and other data there is a 12TB NFS or iSCSI Storage which is connected to the switch with a 10Gbit Ethernet interface. The Computing Units are connected to a 1Gbit network for data and another 1Gbit net for control traffic.

The heart of the CCLab is the Management Server which provides an easy way to stage different setups for
different OpenStack instances (productive, experimental, etc). The Management Server provides a DHCP, PXE and NFS Server and some pre-configured processes which allow a computing unit to copy a master image into its RAM an run it from there. This provides a great deal of flexibility and support for different usage scenarios.

„Okay, that is pretty cool. When can make use of it?“

Not yet; we are working on it; the hardware arrived. Stay tuned.img_20120125_141057

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

Interested? Then send your complete application with reference “T1131” to E-Mail: