Open Cloud Consortium (OCC)


The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) is a member driven organization that supports the development of standards for cloud computing and frameworks for interoperating between clouds; develops benchmarks for cloud computing; supports reference implementations for cloud computing, preferably open source reference implementations; manages a testbed for Cloud Computing called the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT); and sponsors workshops and other events related to Cloud Computing. The OCC has a particular focus in large data clouds. It has developed the MalStone Benchmark for large data clouds and is working on a reference model for large data clouds.

The Open Cloud Consortium is organized into different working groups.

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Contributors

Research Projects

Cloud Standards Coordination Overview and Contributing Organizations
Cloud-standards.org is a Wiki site for Cloud Standards Coordination. The goal of the wiki is to document the activities of the various SDOs working on Cloud Standards. Cloud-standards.org is an initiative for editing and sharing a general cloud computing standardization positioning, in which more relevant cloud standardization initiatives can be seen and related. The first informal proposal of the positioning can be seen at cloud standards positioning.
Open Cloud Testbed (OCT)
This working group manages and operates the Open Cloud Testbed. The Open Cloud Testbed uses the Cisco C-Wave and UIC Teraflow Network for its network connections. Both use wavelengths provided by the National Lambda Rail. Currently membership in this working group is limited to OCC members who can contribute computing, networking, or other resources to the Open Cloud Testbed.
Project Matsu
Project Matsu is a collaboration with NASA. The goal is to create a cloud containing all of Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) satellite imagery from the Advanced Lander Imager (ALI) and the Hyperion instruments and to make this data available to interested users. This working group is also developing cloud-based services that can assist at times of disasters. The Project Matsu cloud can, for example, be used to assist with image processing so that up to date images can be made available to those providing disaster assistance.
The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) Working Group
The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) is cloud-based infrastructure that allows scientists to manage, analyze, integrate and share medium to large size scientific datasets. The Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago uses the OSDC as the basis for Bionimbus, a cloud for genomics and related data. John Hopkins University uses the OSDC to provide bulk downloads of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to astronomers around the world. NASA uses the OSDC to make data from the EO-1 satellite available to interested parties. Partial funding for the OSCD is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Science Foundation. OSDC Partners include Yahoo, who contributed equipment to the OSDC and Cisco who is providing access to the Cisco C-Wave.
Resources
Paper: An Overview of The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) PDF
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By Robert L Grossman and Yunhong Gu, University of Illinois at Chicago. The Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) is cloud-based infrastructure that allows scientists to manage, analyze, integrate and share medium to large size scientific datasets.


Paper: The Open Cloud Testbed PDF
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A Wide Area Testbed for Cloud Computing Utilizing High Performance Network Services. This paper describes the OCT architecture and monitoring software. It also describes some benchmarks that have developed and preliminary results of experimental studies that have been conducted using these benchmarks. Authors: Robert Grossman - National Center for Data Mining, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Open Data Group; Yunhong Gu & Michael Sabala - National Center for Data Mining, University of Illinois at Chicago; Collin Bennett & Jonathan Seidman - Open Data Group; Joe Mambratti - International Center for Advanced Internet Research, Northwestern University.