Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI)

Cloud computing is transforming all areas of computation. The mission of the Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) at Boston University  is to lead integrated initiatives in research, education, and technology development targeting all layers of the cloud computing ecosystem.

Scope

To support its mission, the CCI brings together and supports a broad community of scholars, including faculty and students who develop:

  1. Hardware and software cloud infrastructures, corresponding to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds (spanning basic and applied research in computer architecture; processor, storage, and network virtualization; and resource management),
  2. Platforms supporting specific cloud capabilities, corresponding to Platform as a Service (PaaS) clouds (spanning basic and applied research in operating systems; parallel and distributed systems; programming languages; computer and network security; data management; and middleware support ),
  3. Classes of applications, corresponding to Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds (spanning basic and applied research in ecommerce,social networking, and web analytics; mobile computing; large scale simulations and data analytics supporting various computational and data driven science disciplines such as health informatics, geographic information systems, among others).

While seemingly stratified, advances in each of the above cloud abstraction layers inform and are informed by advances in the other layers.  Moreover, specific dimensions of cloud computing – such as information security, data integrity, and economic utility – are cross cutting, and thus necessitate a tight integration of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions.

To catalyze an integrative approach to cloud computing – both in research and education – the CCI will pursue large scale projects that provide the necessary impetus for collaboration and paradigm shifts by involving not only members of the BU academic community, but also industrial collaborators, as well as real users of prototypical applications that are not served well by existing cloud paradigms.