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Di Martino B.,The Second University of Naples | Petcu D.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | Cossu R.,European Space Agency | Goncalves P.,Terradue SRL | And 2 more authors.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2011

The current diversity of Cloud computing services, benefic for the fast development of a new IT market, hinders the easy development, portability and inter-operability of Cloud oriented applications. Developing an application oriented view of Cloud services instead the current provider ones can lead to a step forward in the adoption of Cloud computing on a larger scale than the actual one. In this context, we present a position paper exposing the concepts behind a recent proposal for an open-source application programming interface and platform for dealing with multiple Cloud computing offers. © 2011 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Venticinque S.,The Second University of Naples | Aversa R.,The Second University of Naples | Di Martino B.,The Second University of Naples | Rak M.,The Second University of Naples | Petcu D.,Institute E Austria Timisoara
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2011

Resources management facilities, based on service level agreements, are needed in the Cloud in order to negotiate a collection of inter-connected and virtualized computers between resource providers and consumers. In this paper we present the architectural design of a system named Cloud Agency which aims to respond to this need and to offer added value to the existing Cloud services. This system is in charge to broker the collection of Cloud resources from different providers that fulfills at the best the requirements of user's applications. The user is able to delegate to the Agency the necessary checks of the agreement fulfilment, the monitoring of resource utilization and eventually necessary re-negotiations. © 2011 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Kaslik E.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | Kaslik E.,West University of Timisoara | Sivasundaram S.,Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University
Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications | Year: 2012

Using the Mellin transform approach, it is shown that, in contrast with integer-order derivatives, the fractional-order derivative of a periodic function cannot be a function with the same period. The three most widely used definitions of fractional-order derivatives are taken into account, namely, the Caputo, RiemannLiouville and GrunwaldLetnikov definitions. As a consequence, the non-existence of exact periodic solutions in a wide class of fractional-order dynamical systems is obtained. As an application, it is emphasized that the limit cycle observed in numerical simulations of a simple fractional-order neural network cannot be an exact periodic solution of the system. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Petcu D.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | Craciun C.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | Neagul M.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | Lazcanotegui I.,Tecnalia | Rak M.,The Second University of Naples
Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on High Performance Computing and Simulation, HPCS 2011 | Year: 2011

The federation of Cloud resources can be treated at different levels of abstractions. In this paper we focus on application programming interfaces for building Cloud-based applications using services from multiple Cloud providers. A full stack of APIs is proposed to decouple the development of a Cloud-based application from its deployment and execution. A particular attention is paid to the design of the interoperability API aiming to provide programming language interoperability and protocol syntax or semantic enforcements. © 2011 IEEE.

Rak M.,The Second University of Naples | Suri N.,TU Darmstadt | Luna J.,TU Darmstadt | Petcu D.,Institute E Austria Timisoara | And 2 more authors.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science, CloudCom | Year: 2013

The cloud offers attractive options to migrate corporate applications, without any implication for the corporate security manager to manage or to secure physical resources. While this ease of migration is appealing, several security issues arise: can the validity of corporate legal compliance regulations still be ensured for remote data storage? How is it possible to assess the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) ability to meet corporate security requirements? Can one monitor and enforce the agreed cloud security levels? Unfortunately, no comprehensive solutions exist for these issues. In this context, we introduce a new approach, named SPECS. It aims to offer mechanisms to specify cloud security requirements and to assess the security features offered by CSPs, and to integrate the desired security services (e.g., credential and access management) into cloud services with a Security-as-a-Service approach. Furthermore, SPECS intends to provide systematic approaches to negotiate, to monitor and to enforce the security parameters specified in Service Level Agreements (SLA), to develop and to deploy security services that are cloud SLA-aware and are implemented as an open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). This paper introduces the main concepts of SPECS. © 2013 IEEE.

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