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1st Edition

Cloud Computing with e-Science Applications

ISBN 9781466591158
Published January 22, 2015 by CRC Press
320 Pages - 89 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The amount of data in everyday life has been exploding. This data increase has been especially significant in scientific fields, where substantial amounts of data must be captured, communicated, aggregated, stored, and analyzed. Cloud Computing with e-Science Applications explains how cloud computing can improve data management in data-heavy fields such as bioinformatics, earth science, and computer science.

The book begins with an overview of cloud models supplied by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and then:

  • Discusses the challenges imposed by big data on scientific data infrastructures, including security and trust issues
  • Covers vulnerabilities such as data theft or loss, privacy concerns, infected applications, threats in virtualization, and cross-virtual machine attack
  • Describes the implementation of workflows in clouds, proposing an architecture composed of two layers—platform and application
  • Details infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions based on public, private, and hybrid cloud computing models
  • Demonstrates how cloud computing aids in resource control, vertical and horizontal scalability, interoperability, and adaptive scheduling

Featuring significant contributions from research centers, universities, and industries worldwide, Cloud Computing with e-Science Applications presents innovative cloud migration methodologies applicable to a variety of fields where large data sets are produced. The book provides the scientific community with an essential reference for moving applications to the cloud.

Table of Contents



About the Authors

List of Contributors

Evaluation Criteria to Run Scientific Applications in the Cloud; Eduardo Roloff, Alexandre da Silva Carissimi, and Philippe Olivier Alexandre Navaux

Cloud-Based Infrastructure for Data-Intensive e-Science Applications: Requirements and Architecture; Yuri Demchenko, Canh Ngo, Paola Grosso, Cees de Laat, and Peter Membrey

Securing Cloud Data; Sushmita Ruj and Rajat Saxena

Adaptive Execution of Scientific Workflow Applications on Clouds; Rodrigo N. Calheiros, Henry Kasim, Terence Hung, Xiaorong Li, Sifei Lu, Long Wang, Henry Palit, Gary Lee, Tuan Ngo, and Rajkumar Buyya

Migrating e-Science Applications to the Cloud: Methodology and Evaluation; Steve Strauch, Vasilios Andrikopoulos, Dimka Karastoyanova, and Karolina Vukojevic-Haupt

Closing the Gap between Cloud Providers and Scientific Users; David Susa, Harold Castro, and Mario Villamizar

Assembling Cloud-Based Geographic Information Systems: A Pragmatic Approach Using Off-the-Shelf Components; Muhammad Akmal, Ian Allison, and Horacio González–Vélez

HCloud, a Healthcare-Oriented Cloud System with Improved Efficiency in Biomedical Data Processing; Ye Li, Chenguang He, Xiaomao Fan, Xucan Huang, and Yunpeng Cai

RPig: Concise Programming Framework by Integrating R with Pig for Big Data Analytics; MingXue Wang and Sidath B. Handurukande

AutoDock Gateway for Molecular Docking Simulations in Cloud Systems; Zoltán Farkas, Péter Kacsuk, Tamás Kiss, Péter Borsody, Ákos Hajnal, Ákos Balaskó, and Krisztián Karóczkai

SaaS Clouds Supporting Biology and Medicine; Philip Church, Andrzej Goscinski, Adam Wong, and Zahir Tari

Energy-Aware Policies in Ubiquitous Computing Facilities; Marina Zapater, Patricia Arroba, José Luis Ayala Rodrigo, Katzalin Olcoz Herrero, and José Manuel Moya Fernandez


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Olivier Terzo holds a bachelor’s degree from the University Institute of Nancy, France, and an M.Sc and Ph.D from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. Dr. Terzo is senior researcher and head of the Research Area: Advanced Computing and Electromagnetics (ACE) at the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Turin, Italy. Previously at ISMB, he served as researcher in the e-security laboratory and as head of the Research Unit Infrastructures and Systems for Advanced Computing (IS4AC). His current research focuses on application integration in cloud environments. He has published more than 60 papers in conference proceedings and journals, and as book chapters.

Lorenzo Mossucca studied computer engineering at the Polytechnic of Turin. Since 2007, Dr. Mossucca has worked as a researcher at the ISMB in IS4AC. His current research interests include studies of distributed databases, distributed infrastructures, and grid and cloud computing. For the past few years, he has focused his research on the migration of scientific applications to the cloud, particularly in bioinformatics and earth sciences. He has published more than 30 papers in conference proceedings, journals, and posters, and as book chapters. He is part of the IEEE Technical Program Committee and is a reviewer for many international conferences.

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"I found the material presented in Chapter 11 (titled SaaS Clouds Supporting Biology and Medicine) to be highly enlightening and informative. The discussion on high performance computing in the context of cloud computing with applications in computational biology and medicine is very educational. There are a number of research problems in biology and medicine that demand access to large and federated data sets. The discussion in this chapter provides a means for understanding the cases and situations in which the cloud can be utilized for such important purposes."
—Hamid R. Arabnia, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

" the book shows many advantages and the power of cloud computing in solving e-science applications, as compared to other types of high performance computing infrastructures. The selection of e-science applications included in the book comprise representative problems from bio-science, health, data processing, workflows arising in bussinesses, etc. … well-written and easy to read not only for specialist but also people with basic knowledge on cloud computing."
—Fatos Xhafa, Technical University of Catalonia