Dr Lee Gillam
Department of Computing
University of Surrey
Surrey, GU2 7XH
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 686058
Fax: +44 (0) 1483 686051
l.gillam @surrey.ac.uk

Professor Nick Antonopoulos
Department of Computing
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby, DE22 1GB
Tel: +44 (0) 1483 686058
Fax: +44 (0) 1483 686051
n.antonopoulos @derby.ac.uk

  • June 15th 2009 - 2-3 page proposal for chapters
  • July 15th 2009 - Notification for chapter preparation
  • October 5th 2009 - Full chapter submission
  • November 30th 2009 - Feedback to authors
  • January 15th 2010 - Submission of Camera Ready Copy

Cloud Computing: Principles, Systems and Applications


Springer Book Cover Cloud computing has emerged very recently as a subject of substantial industrial and academic interest, though its meaning and scope is hotly debated. For some researchers, clouds are a natural evolution towards full commercialisation of Grid systems, while for others they may be dismissed as a mere rebranding of existing pay-per-use technologies. From either perspective, it appears that Cloud is now the label of choice for accountable pay-per-use access to third party applications and computational resources on a massive scale. Clouds are intended to support patterns of less-predictable resource use for applications and services across the IT spectrum, from online office applications to high-throughput transactional services and high-performance computations involving substantial quantities of processing cycles and storage. The current notion of Clouds seems to blur distinctions between a variety of technologies that encompasses Grid Services, Web Services, data centres, platforms, software and infrastructures, and leads to considerations of lowered-cost provisioning for relatively bursty applications for geographically distributed users. Interest in cloud computing, as a concept or system design abstraction, is compounded and further strengthened by an inherent relationship to service-oriented computing.

Major IT and e-commerce vendors including Microsoft, Amazon, IBM and Sun have joined a variety of technology and service providers in creating and satisfying demand for Cloud systems. In turn, this generates demand for technically-motivated and research-oriented articles that provide coverage of this topic. This book aims towards satisfying such demand by providing comprehensive coverage of the state-of-the-art in Cloud Computing, highlighting and clarifying conceptual and systemic links with other distributed computing approaches, and covering topics centred around quality of service such as efficiency, scalability, robustness and security. This will encompass a thorough and advanced treatment of Cloud Computing and the technologies that contribute to it, in particular:

  • exploring the relationship of cloud computing to other distributed computing paradigms, namely Peer-to-Peer, Grids, High Performance Computing and Web Services;
  • presenting the principles, techniques, protocols and algorithms that can be adapted from other distributed computing paradigms to the development of successful clouds;
  • elaborating the economic schemes needed for clouds to become viable business models.;
  • critiquing current cloud applications and highlighting deployment experiences.
The intended audience for this book includes, but is not limited to:
  • technical managers and IT consultants as a book that demonstrates the potential applicability of certain methods to delivering efficient and secure commercial electronic services to customers globally.
  • researchers and doctoral students in cloud computing, distributed computing, software engineering and Web Services
  • professional system architects and developers who could decide to adapt and apply in practice a number of the techniques and processes presented in the book.
  • academics delivering research-oriented modules in the above fields.

Call Topics

Chapters are solicited that address topics and sub-topics in Cloud Computing, especially:

  • Cloud Base
    • Defining Cloud Computing
    • Designing effective Clouds
    • Theories and justifications for Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Seeding
    • High performance systems within Clouds, including HPC and Grid systems (Deep Clouds).
    • Peer-to-peer systems within Clouds (Cloud fields)
    • Clouds as mixtures of services and service discovery in clouds
    • Scalability and fault-tolerance issues of Clouds
    • Persistence and Storage issues in Clouds
  • Cloud Bursts
    • Data and application security in the Cloud
    • Legislative and regulatory challenges of using Clouds
    • Negative Results from the adoption of Cloud Computing (Dark Clouds)
    • Supply and Demand limitations in Clouds
  • Cloud Feedback
    • Cloud Economics (Cloudonomics), including considerations for Green IT (Green Clouds) and reduction of carbon emissions
    • Appropriate use of Clouds for specific applications
    • Effective adoption and performance evaluation of Clouds for specific applications
    • Cloud Interoperability (Cloud Hopping / Jumping)

Chapters addressing pertinent topics not listed here will also be considered.


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