The 6th Conference of the Alliance of Cloud Computing Technologies and Applications 2013/03/08
To facilitate exchange on cloud technologies, the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), under the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), hosted the 6th Conference of the Alliance of Cloud Computing Technologies and Applications (ACCTA) at its Hsinchu headquarters, Taiwan on March 6th, 2013. The conference featured speeches by Prof. Ruay-Shiung Chang, Chairman of the Taiwan Association of Cloud Computing, Chief Director Yeali Sun of the Computer and Information Networking Center, National Taiwan University (NTU), Professor Po-Yuan Chen of the Department of Biological Science and Technologies, China Medical University, and Director Nobu Hashizume of DataDirect Networks. Also, NCHC Associate Researchers Yi-Lang Tsai and Jazz Wang spoke at the conference. Professor Chao-Tung Yang of Tunghai University and Professor Kuo-Chan Huang also attended as session hosts. More than 90 participants gathered together at the conference to share new knowledge and exchange ideas.
In his welcome speech, the NCHC's Director Ce-Kuen Shieh stated that cloud computing is one of the key components of the Taiwanese government’s industrial policy. Although Taiwan's computer hardware know-how has reached maturity, its cloud computing software and application development has not. In order to improve Taiwan's standing in cloud computing software and application development, the NCHC, with facilitation by ACCTA, has established a platform for industrial, academic, and research organizations to exchange their experience on cloud computing software and application development. In an effort to assist Taiwan's industrial, academic, and research organizations in learning and growing quickly, scholars and experts from around the globe came together to share the latest in cloud technologies research and application development. This year, the NCHC will accelerate the technology development for big data processing and analyses and will help industry face the challenges of the coming of the "age of big data."
In his speech, entitled “Cloud Computing: Where Is the Next Frontier?,” Prof. Ruay-Shiung Chang, Chairman of the Taiwan Association of Cloud Computing, addressed the upcoming trends and future direction of cloud computing. He pointed out that mobile devices, social networking, entertainment applications, and government public services all bring to the forefront cloud applications and management issues, such as bring your own device (BOYD), big data, and green clouds. He also said that the potential for cloud applications and development would be unlimited, however, in the era of information explosion and rapid sharing, privacy and data reliability are also important management issues.
Chief Director Yeali Sun of the Computer and Information Networking Center, NTU, spoke in the second session when she shared her experience in promoting and advancing cloud services at NTU. She said that in just two years, NTU had established five cloud services (i.e. virtual CPUs, backup service, storage space, virtual desktops, and software collaboration and sharing) for NTU’s faculty, staff, and students to share--around 50,000 users total! She went on saying that NTU is working to create a cloud environment for the integration of hand-held devices and advancements in mobility, individualization, and information exchange and sharing. She explained that these services will lower the cost of software, offer users more convenience, and create more value.
After Director Sun’s speech, the NCHC's Associate Researcher Yi-Lang Tsai spoke on the topic of “From CSA’s Vantage, A View of Cloud Computing Security.” He first said that the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) was currently the largest non-profit organization in the world. It is devoted to the research of cloud services and the security of cloud computing. Since its inception in 2009, more than 20 research teams have conducted global studies on network data security and cloud development. As an example, in November, 2012, the CSA issued a study on big data security and privacy protection. Then, in February, 2013, the CSA published another study on the nine global threats threatening cloud computing. Mr. Tsai also delved into the latest cloud information security problems so that attendees might gain a better understanding of the global issues and trends surrounding cloud services.
■Left: Director Ce-Kuen Shieh of the NCHC
■Right: Prof. Ruay-Shiung Chang, Chairman of the Taiwan Association of Cloud Computing
■Left: Chief Director Yeali Sun of the Computer and Information Networking Center, NTU
■Right: Associate Researcher Yi-Lang Tsai of the NCHC
Secretary-General Hsi-Ya Chang of the ACCTA led the afternoon session with a report on the state of the alliance. He stated that this year, ACCTA has 22 members, of which about half are from industry with the remaining coming from academia and research. Dr. Chang pointed out that 122 different organizations have become alliance members with ACCTA in the past few years and that the alliance has successfully facilitated several interchanges between academic, research, and industrial organizations. He went on to tell the audience that the ACCTA provides the latest information on cloud computing in its journals and holds exchanges and conferences periodically as well. Dr. Change continued by saying that the ACCTA invites members to use this platform to engage in collaborations and innovation, and that he welcomes all members’ participation, articles, and experience sharing during these conferences.
After Dr. Chang’s report, Mr. Nobu Hashizume, Director of Technical Support at the Japan branch of DataDirect Networks, discussed DDN Web Object Scaler (WOS). He shared examples of how WOS has been used in big data to solve real-life problems. Professor Po-Yuan Chen of the Department of Biological Science and Technologies, China Medical University, followed with a talk about the application of geometrical waves on biomedical fluid mechanics.
Finally, NCHC Associate Researcher Jazz Wang spoke on the topic of “Trends, Challenges, and Strategies in Big Data.” Mr. Wang used the Big Data model of the Gartner Group to help explain the challenges of big data management. He also explored three models of cloud service and the strategies that industry might use to manage and use their big data under each model. He also discussed information structure and the key technologies used in the processing of big data. He also cited real cases to make cloud computing easier for the participants to grasp and understand.
The 6th ACCTA Conference was jam-packed with an abundance of information! The speakers not only pointed out various trends in cloud computing both in Taiwan and abroad, but also offered practical frameworks and actual experience. With the enthusiastic discussions, the conference came to a successful conclusion.
■Left: Secretary-General Hsi-Ya Chang of the ACCTA
■Right: Mr. Nobu Hashizume, Director of DataDirect Networks
■Left: Prof. Po-Yuan Chen of Department of Biological Science and Technologies, China Medical University
■Right: Associate Researcher Jazz Wang of the NCHC