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The inability to effectively track data in cloud computing environments is becoming one of the top concerns for cloud stakeholders. This inability is due to two main reasons. Firstly, the lack of data tracking tools built for clouds. Secondly, current logging mechanisms are only designed from a system-centric perspective. There is a need for data-centric(More)
Data leakages out of cloud computing environments are fundamental cloud security concerns for both the end-users and the cloud service providers. A literature survey of the existing technologies revealed the inadequacies of current technologies and the need for a new methodology. This position paper discusses the requirements and proposes a novel auditing(More)
Cloud computing is emerging as a promising alternative to supercomputers for some high-performance computing (HPC) applications. With cloud as an additional deployment option, HPC users and providers are faced with the challenges of dealing with highly heterogeneous resources, where the variability spans across a wide range of processor configurations,(More)
Cloud computing is emerging as an alternative to supercomputers for some of the high-performance computing (HPC) applications that do not require a fully dedicated machine. With cloud as an additional deployment option, HPC users are faced with the challenges of dealing with highly heterogeneous resources, where the variability spans across a wide range of(More)
This paper presents a scheme to optimize the mapping of HPC applications to a set of <i>hybrid</i> dedicated and cloud resources. First, we characterize application performance on dedicated clusters and cloud to obtain application signatures. Then, we propose an algorithm to match these signatures to resources such that performance is maximized and cost is(More)
As cloud computing and virtualization technologies become mainstream, the need to be able to track data has grown in importance. Having the ability to track data from its creation to its current state or its end state will enable the full transparency and accountability in cloud computing environments. In this paper, we showcase a novel technique for(More)
Cloud computing service providers offer cost-effective means to burst computational needs and utilise live migration of virtual machines (VMs) for effective and efficient work-load movements with short service downtimes. However, there is a lack of support for migrating VMs between different service providers as well as private and public cloud offerings,(More)
Cloud computing is emerging as an alternative to supercomputers for some of the high-performance computing (HPC) applications that do not require a fully dedicated machine. With cloud as an additional deployment option, HPC users are faced with the challenges of dealing with highly heterogeneous resources, where the variability spans across a wide range of(More)