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Report on the ACCTA・s 3rd Conference

2011/09/05

The Alliance of Cloud Computing Technologies and Applications (ACCTA) hosted the 3rd Conference on August 31st at the Instrument Technology Research Center. Total of 105 participants from industry, government, and academia joined the Conference. The ACCTA invited 5 renowned experts to address the most recent developments of cloud computing, and 5 other experts were invited to lead the panel discussion.

The group photo of ACCTA’s guests
―The group photo of ACCTA’s guests (from left to right : Deputy Director of NCHC, Chih-Ming Yiao, Chairman of ACCTA Kuo-Ning Chiang, Professor Cho-Li Wang of Hong Kong University, Director Kuan-ching Li of TACC, Dr. Shiang-Jiun Chen of Institute of Information Industry, and Secretary of ACCTA, Shi-Yia Chang)

Director Kuo-Ning Chiang of National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) delivered the welcoming speech. In the speech, he pointed out that NCHC has completed the deployment the infrastructure, network system, operating system for cloud-computing, and the next step is to conduct applications. Director Chiang said, in the past 30 years, Taiwan mainly focused on hardware manufacturing. However it required both soft power and hardware to enhance Taiwan’s advantage in technology, and it took time to do the transition from hardware advantage to soft power strength. He hopes to speed up the progress with helpful advices from various experts invited in ACCTA’s conferences.

In keynote speeches, to expand the communication among Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong regarding cloud-computing technology, the ACCTA invited professor Cho-Li Wang of Hong Kong University to share his perspective on the development of cloud-computing technology in China. Professor Wang said that the trend of cloud-computing was overwhelming. In the past ten years, the development of internet in China was startling. In China, the growing population of web surfers increased 20 times, and domain name applications expanded 100 times. According to the newly released stastistics of IDC, cloud-computing technology in China will boost a market with the value of 1.1 trillion RMBs. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and some main cities have been working on testing cloud-computing technology or establishing cloud-computing centers. The networks of telecommunication, computer, and cable television also accelerate the promotion of cloud-computing. In the session, professor Wang also introdued Hong Kong University’s technologies on cloud-computing management, virtualization, multi-cores and GPU, and performance optimization.

the photo of prof. Wang from Hong Kong University
―Professor Cho-Li Wang of Hong Kong University delivered speech on the topic of “Towards Agile Cloud Computing by Computation Migration.”

Cloud-computing technologies are growing in a very fast pace. Taiwan’s software and hardware manufacturers and telecommunication companies also continually invest in developing cloud-computing products and application services. However, how to achieve high performance and stability is a critical issue. Dr. Shiang-Jiun Chen of Institute for Information Industry (III) was invited to address the speech on “Cloud-testing.” Dr. Chen shared the measures of successfully creating the testing environment and the know-how of testing methods and tools. She hopes to help the domestic industry and academia to save time in trial and error on developing cloud-computing systems. The Sales Engineer of M86 Security in Great China, Mr. Terry Leung, addressed the topic on “Anti-hackers for the next generation of cloud technology, avoid hacking in a second.” Mr. Leung introduced how M86 anti-dote efficiently applied technologies and complex network behaviour analysis to identify and prevent threats stemmed from malicious programs.

the photo of Dr. Chen from III  the photo of Mr. Leung from M86 Security
―Left: Dr. Shiang-Jiun Chen of III addressed on the topic of “Diagnosis of stability and security of cloud-computing system -- Cloud-testing.”
―Right: Mr. Terry Leung, Sales Engineer of M86 Security addressed on the topic of “Anti-hackers for the next generation of cloud technology, avoid hacking in a second.”

In addition to invited speeches, the conference also highlights Panel Discussion conducted by associated experts, including professor Yeh-Ching Chung of National Tsing Hua University, Vice-president Jen-Dung Sun of T-win Systems, Inc., Mr. Wu-Ching Hung, manager of Intel, Mr. Suh-Hong Chou, manager of Acer, and Mr. Sang-Kai Fang, manager of Intel. They shared their opinions on issues of cloud technology and the integration of software and hardware. They also gave in-depth analysis on the current environment and predicted the future trend. The meeting was fruitful and many issues were brought out for discussion, such as the next generation of user bandwidth and the opportunity of development of cloud-computing for Taiwan. The communication reached the goal of technology exchange between the industry and the academia. 

the group photo of panel speakers
―The group photo of panel speakers (from left to right): Mr. Wu-Ching Hung, manager of Intel, Mr. Sang-Kai Fang, manager of Intel, Mr. Suh-Hong Chou, manager of Acer, Vice-president Jen-Dung Sun of T-win Systems, Inc., and professor Yeh-Ching Chung of National Tsing Hua University.

In the final session of the conference, NCHC’s Assistant Researcher Hui-Shan Chen, gave the speech on “Create an exclusive Ezilla system for storage, network, and computing.” She introduced that NCHC applied the technologies of heterogeneous environment resources integration and automatic dynamic resource allocation to provide users a high-performance cloud platform with user-friendly interface. Assistant Researcher Chin-Hung Li of NCHC addressed a speech on “Introduction of Linux Server Virtualization Software” and shared the free software server virtualization technology. His speech included theoretical knowledge and practical experience. At the end of the speech, he further demonstrated the cloud platform project currently conducted by the cluster team of NCHC.

the photo of Ms. Chen from NCHC  the photo of Mr. Li from NCHC
―Left: Assistant Researcher Hui-Shan Chen. Right: Assistant Researcher Chin-Hung Li.

The ACCTA’s second year started on September 1st, 2011. The ACCTA will keep on providing members with training courses, conferences, and meetings. We sincerely invite experts from industry, government, and academia to join us and help to create the better future for cloud-computing technology.

 

 

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