Data storage elasticity – quick view on master thesis work (part 1)

Master Theses

In this post I would like to speak about two master theses that EURA NOVA is managing with the Faculty of Science Engineering of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and with the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).  The two students have been working on the same topic: the elasticity of  data storage on the cloud.  The first cool stuff to notice is that they are working on two different aspects of the elasticity by taking different directions, but at the end of the day, by their two contributions they draw a complete picture of the NoSQL benchmarking in the cloud. In this post I will give you a preview of their work that should be published in June 2011.

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Convergence between Cloud Infrastructure management and Data Centre management

The convergence – a reality

If we look at the evolution of private cloud, we can clearly see a natural convergence between Data Center Management (DCM) and IaaS management. It is natural because it fits better to the enterprise organization. Let’s be clear, we are talking about large organization, having already data centers for their own IT or businesses. The Services and software department are focusing on the elastic applications they can build on top of the infrastructure management such as Eucalyptus [1], OpenStack[2] or commercial solutions such as VCloud Director [3].

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Replacing Pig Latin’s storage engine

Today, we welcome Arthur Lessuise, a student in last year in Master in Computer Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He spent 6 weeks at Euranova R&D for its internship. He studied the ability to swap HDFS in Pig Latin by a NoSQL storage. This post is a summary of his amazing work. Enjoy!

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Eclipse Build Technologies: What are the Current Trends?

I recently had the opportunity to attend the symposium entitled “What’s in a build? Best practice and Requirements” given by Henrik Lindberg (Cloudsmith [1]) and Nick Boldt (JBoss – RedHat [2]) at the Eclipse Summit Europe 2010 in Ludwigsburg [3]. The goal was to brainstorm and discuss about the practices and current concerns when it comes to the build of Eclipse plug-ins, features or RCP applications, and the automatic execution of post-build processes such as testing.

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New SQL RDBMS Architectures Vs Old ones Vs NoSQL

Those recent years we have seen the NoSQL initiative emerging against the so-called “old, slow and legacy” relational DBs. But today the debate is extending with a newcomer “The New RDMS architecture”. The concept is simple, the RDMS architecture was developed a long time ago, at that time computer science,  computers and processors were extremely different from what we can find today. Why are we not able to gather the recent researches in storage, distributed computing and threading system to re-design a modern RDMS?

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Super Size EMF Fast Food Demo: Add Complex Event Processing (Part 2)

Where were we?

In the last post we considered the problem of the Integrated fast food management. In step 1, we designed the models and in step 2 we weaved them. As a result the application were developed just by weaving live-models. We finished the last post by asking ourselves how could we answer the Fast Food manager’s issues:  the boss wanted to control the burger cooking rate according to current demand. In addition, soon, he will ask to include other contextual parameters, such as the number of available seats, or the location of the truck which delivers salads and burgers.  How could we define a flexible, maintainable, and intelligent system? We proposed to use CEP concepts.

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Super Size EMF Fast Food Demo: Tracking your live-models (Part 1)

Last week we submitted a talk at Eclipse Con 2010Add Complex Event Processing to your EMF models: Super Size models Fast food demo“. This is a good opportunity for explaining the concepts and architecture exposed in the talk. Actually that’s a good continuation of the last post. Indeed, we saw the M2M principles and the reasons why we needed transformation support and tracking of modifications from live-models.  Today we  put all those things in practise and dive into a real application example with live models, going further we use Complex Event Processing for injecting “intelligence” in the application.

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Model transformations in new design approaches

Today we dive into a technical and theoretical track on the model transformation. In this post we investigate the existing techniques in Eclipse M2M in order to transform models, going further we replace them in the live-Model context and define what do we need to design such applications. We also present the live Weaver developed by our colleague Olivier Moises, which enables to track model changes. We will see how this kind of framework can be used in live transformation.

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Atmoshpere & Asynchronous Servlet

Last week, I was at Devoxx and I attended to a speech of JF Arcan, the head architect of the Atmoshpere framework [1]. While the new coming Servlet 3.0 Async provides

  • Method to suspend a response, HttpServletRequest.startAsync()
  • Method to resume a response: AsyncContext.complete()

Atmosphere offers:

  • Annotation to suspend: @Suspend
  • Annotation or resume: @Resume
  • Annotation to broadcast (or push) events to the set of suspended responses: @Broadcast
  • Annotation to filter and serialize broadcasted events using BroadcasterFilter

In [2], JF Arcand demonstrates how Atmosphere can be used to suspend a request but also broadcasting a message to all suspended threads. Atmoshpere defines the notion of broadcastable and topics.

A topic is a kind a message channel on which broadcastable servlet can listen. Later on, any other client can broadcast messages on this topic and then reaching all suspended-threads.

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