CCSA 2012
May 13-16, 2012, Ottawa, Canada
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Past Events
CCSA 2011
CCSA 2012 Program
Journal Special Issue
Top quality papers, after presentation at the conference, will be invited to submit their revised version to a special issue of

Future Generation Computing System (FGCS) (Impact Factor 2.365, 2012)
Editor-in-Chief: Peter Sloot
Best Paper Award - $US 1000 Sponsored by Dell

DELL is sponsoring a Best Paper Award to one paper presented at the workshop. A certificate and a cash prize of $US 1000 will be awarded to one author.

The best paper award goes to:
Cloud-based Phylogenomic Inference of Evolutionary Relationships: A Performance Study
Daniel Oliveira, Kary Ocaña, Eduardo Ogasawara, Jonas Dias, João A. R. Gonçalves and Marta Mattoso.

Keynote Speakers
Geng Lin
Chief Technology Officer
Networking Business,
Dell Inc.

Pavan Balaji
Computer Scientist
Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Geng Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of Networking Business at Dell, where he has overall responsibility for technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for technology direction, strategy, and solution development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio worldwide. In his 19 years in the networking industry, he has also served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Netopia (acquired by Motorola), Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems, and Director of Product Strategy at Nortel Networks.

Dr. Lin speaks frequently at conferences and industry tradeshows. He has served on the editorial board of two research journals in network and systems software, and the advisory board of two books on cloud computing. He has over 40 publications including book, book chapters, journal and conference papers, and keynote speeches. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia, all in computer science.


Dr. Pavan Balaji holds a joint appointment as a Computer Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory, a research fellow of the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, and as an adjunct associate professor at the Institute of Software of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He had received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the Ohio State University. His research interests include parallel programming models and middleware for communication and I/O, multi-core and accelerator architectures, high-speed interconnects, cloud computing systems, and job scheduling and resource management. Dr. Balaji has nearly 100 publications in his research areas and has delivered nearly 120 talks and tutorials at various conferences and research institutes. He has received several awards for his research activities including an Outstanding Researcher award at the Ohio State University, the Director's Technical Achievement award at Los Alamos National Laboratory, five best paper awards and various other awards. He serves as the worldwide chairperson for the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC). He has also served as a chair or editor for nearly 40 journals, conferences and workshops, and served as a technical program committee member in numerous conferences and workshops. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a professional member of the ACM. More details about Dr. Balaji are available at


CCSA workshop has been formed to promote research and development activities focused on enabling and scaling scientific applications using distributed computing paradigms, such as cluster, Grid, and Cloud Computing. With the rapid emergence of software systems and their applicability, the volume of users are growing exponentially. User requirements are getting more and more complex. Existing computing infrastructure, software system designs, and use cases will have to take into account the enormity in volume of requests, size of data, computing load, locality and type of users, and so forth.

Cloud computing promises reliable services delivered through next-generation data centers that are built on compute and storage virtualization technologies. Users will be able to access applications and data from a “Cloud” anywhere in the world on demand. In other words, the Cloud appears to be a single point of access for all the computing needs of users. The users are assured that the Cloud infrastructure is robust and will always be available at any time.

CCSA brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world to share their experiences on modeling, executing, and monitoring scientific applications on Clouds. In this workshop, we are interested in receiving innovative work on enabling and scaling computing systems to support the execution of scientific applications. The target audience include researchers and industry practitioners who are interested in distributed systems, particularly focusing on scaling of applications using Cloud computing.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Enabling applications using distributed systems
  • Architectural Models for scaling of applications
  • Novel applications for cloud computing, including games and social networks
  • Novel cloud programming models
  • Innovative cloud service models
  • Support for scalable and elastic cloud services
  • Cloud support for mobile applications and Content Delivery Networks
  • Reliability of applications and services running on the cloud
  • Performance monitoring for cloud applications
  • Cloud use-case studies
  • Scientific computing in the cloud
  • Business computing in the cloud
  • Social computing in the cloud
Important Dates
Papers Due: March 5, 2012 (Extended; Absolute deadline)
Notification of Acceptance: April, 2012 (Authors notified)
Camera Ready Papers Due: Notified after the presentation at the conference.
Journal Special Issue
Top quality papers, after presentation at the conference, will be invited to submit their revised version to a special issue of
Future Generation Computing System (FGCS) (Impact Factor 2.365, 2012)
Editor-in-Chief: Peter Sloot

Submission Guidelines
All papers must be submitted electronically and in PDF format through EasyChair system:

The material presented should be original and not published or under submission elsewhere. Authors should submit full papers of up to 6 pages, strictly following the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript style (available at using two-column, single-space format, with 10-point font size. Figures and references must be included in the 6 pages. The committee will automatically reject oversized papers. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register early to attend the conference, in order for the paper to appear in the conference proceedings.

Submitted papers must represent original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines will be rejected without review and further action may be taken, including (but not limited to) notifications sent to the heads of the institutions of the authors and sponsors of the conference. Submissions received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately structured may also not be considered.

As the special issue is being published by the FGCS journal, we will make sure that only high-quality papers are accepted. Once accepted, the papers will need to be updated taking into consideration reviewers' suggestions/comments before submitting to the FGCS journal.

Chairs & Committee
Dr. Suraj Pandey, IBM Research, Australia
Dr. Surya Nepal, CSIRO, Australia
Program Committee Members
Name, Affilication
Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia
Albert Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University, USA
Ivona Brandic, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Bruno Schulze, National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), Brazil
Pavan Balaji, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Massimo Villari University of Messina, Italy
Satish Srirama University of Tartu, Estonia
Craig Lee, Open Grid Forum, USA
Bahman Javadi, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Richard O. Sinnott, e-Research at University of Melbourne, Australia
Christian Simone Vecchiola, IBM Research and Development Australia
Surya Nepal, CSIRO, Australia
Tomasz Bednarz, CSIRO, Australia
Anton Beloglazov, University of Melbourne, Australia
Abedelaziz Mohaisen, University of Minnesota, USA
William Voorsluys, University of Melbourne, Australia
Cécile Germain-Renaud, Université Paris-Sud, France
Kuan-Ching Li, Providence University, Taiwan

2nd International Workshop on

Cloud Computing and Scientific Applications (CCSA 2012)

May 13, 2012, Ottawa, Canada




Day 1: May 13, 2012

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Welcome to CCSA – FGCS Journal Details

10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Keynote Speech

Challenges in Utilizing Clouds for High-End Scientific Computing Applications

Pavan Balaji

Computer Scientist

Argonne National Laboratory

High-end scientific computing applications have always been the forerunners in extracting the highest possible performance from large-scale systems. This often requires careful architecture-specific tuning of applications and their corresponding libraries to match specific hardware features. The recent advent of cloud computing, on the other hand, has made system management simpler and utilization of disparate hardware resources more natural. While this allows tremendous flexibility with respect to management of resources, balancing resource utilization, managing failures, and various others, it comes at the cost of an explicit decoupling of the physical hardware and what user applications view. Such decoupling can be quite expensive for some scientific computing applications, where information about the precise hardware topology, architecture, and assumption of static mapping of processes to the hardware layout, can be critical to achieve high performance. In this talk, I'll describe some of our experiences in utilizing virtualized cloud computing environments for scientific applications from various domains including computational chemistry, nuclear physics, and molecular dynamics.

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Ricardo Paharsingh and Olivia Das.

Availability Analysis in Virtual Systems, with Applications in Cloud Computing

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Morning break

11:30 AM – 11:50 PM

Rostand Costa, Francisco Brasileiro, Guido Souza Filho and Dênio Mariz.

Analyzing the Impact of Elasticity on the Profit of Cloud Computing Providers

11:50 AM – 12:10 PM

Satish Narayana Srirama, Chris Willmore, Vladislav Ivanistsev, Pelle Jakovits and Ulrich Norbisrath.

Desktop to Cloud Migration of Scientific Experiments

12:10 PM – 12:30 PM

Daniel Oliveira, Kary Ocaña, Eduardo Ogasawara, Jonas Dias, João A. R. Gonçalves and Marta Mattoso.

Cloud-based Phylogenomic Inference of Evolutionary Relationships: A Performance Study

12:30 PM – 12:50 PM

Esma Yildirim, Jangyoung Kim and Tevfik Kosar.

Optimizing the Sample Size for a Cloud-hosted Data Scheduling Service

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Keynote Speech

Software Defined Networking: Technical Challenges and Business Potentials

Geng Lin

Chief Technology Officer

Networking Business, Dell Inc.

Virtualization, cloud computing, and big data applications bring tremendous challenges to today's networking architectures. Software Defined Networking (SDN), and in particular OpenFlow-based architectures, has recently emerged as a potential paradigm shift to meet these challenges.

This session will discuss SDN from an industry perspective. We will examine key technical aspects of SDN architecture, such as scalable control planes, high throughput flow processing, cost-effective packet forwarding processors, network-oriented programming model and tools, network resource control and conflict resolutions, and interoperability with server virtual networking capabilities such as VM switching and I/O virtualization. We will also explore the business implications of this paradigm shift in network architecture, such as business models for SDN devices and associated network applications, open source networking software and service opportunities, and SDN development ecosystems. We will provide insight into how SDN/OpenFlow-based applications are being used today and how they fit into future enterprise IT architectures.

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM

Radu Prodan.

Scientific Computing with Google App Engine

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Afternoon break

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Maciej Malawski, Kamil Figiela and Jarek Nabrzyski.

Cost Minimization for Computational Applications on Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

3:50 PM – 4:10 PM

Jacek Cala, Hugo Hiden, Paul Watson and Simon Woodman.

Cloud computing for fast prediction of chemical activity

4:10 PM – 4:30 PM

Hui Jin and Xian-He Sun

Performance Comparison under Failures of MPI and MapReduce: An Analytical Approach

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

CCSA 2012 Closing; Best Paper Award Announcement

CCSA 2012 Sponsors
Academic/Govt. sponsors