IEEE Cloud Computing

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IEEE Cloud Computing
IEEE Cloud Computing logo.png
Founded April 2011[1]
Type Professional Organization
Focus Cloud Computing, Big Data
Origins Global initiative launched by IEEE
Area served Worldwide
Method Communications, Conferences, Digital Media, Education, Industry standards, Marketing, Publications, Testbed, Web Portal
Key people Steve Diamond, Chair
Kathy Grise, Program Director

IEEE Cloud Computing is a global initiative launched by IEEE to promote cloud computing, big data and related technologies, and to provide expertise and resources to individuals and enterprises involved in cloud computing. IEEE Cloud Computing provides access to a variety of resources, including professional conferences, continuing education courses, publications, standards, and a platform for testing cloud computing interoperability.[1]


In 2010, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sponsored two cloud computing–specific conferences: IEEE CLOUD and IEEE CloudCom. With the success of the two conferences, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE Computer Society past president Steve Diamond, began urging the organization to take an active role in the development of cloud computing standards.[2]

In April 2011, with the support of the IEEE Future Directions Committee and funding from the IEEE New Initiatives Committee, IEEE Cloud Computing was launched. The initiative was designed to follow a multi-year plan and includes a focus across multiple tracks: conferences, education, publications, standards, Intercloud Testbed, web portal, marketing, and public relations.[3]

As part of the initiative's launch, two new cloud computing standards development projects were approved: IEEE P2301,[4] Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profile, and IEEE P2302,[5] Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation (SIIF).[6] With a growing need for greater cloud computing interoperability and federation, IEEE Cloud Computing focused its development activities and resources behind IEEE P2302 standard.[7]

In June 2012, the IEEE Cloud Computing portal was launched. Designed much like the IEEE Smart Grid portal, the IEEE Cloud Computing portal serves as an online clearinghouse for news and information about cloud computing. Aimed at a diverse audience that includes business and industry, academic, government users, and consumers, it provides standards information, videos, a conference and event calendar, and other resources.[6]

Current work[edit]

IEEE Cloud Computing continues to pursue efforts to provide cloud computing standards, advancement of cloud computing technologies, and to educate users on the benefits of cloud computing. As part of this ongoing effort, it offers a variety of activities, products, and services, including the IEEE Cloud Computing portal, conferences and events, continuing education courses, publications, standards, and the IEEE Intercloud Testbed platform for testing cloud computing interoperability.[1]

IEEE Cloud Computing web portal[edit]

The IEEE Cloud Computing portal serves as an online hub for cloud computing resources. The site includes news and information in the form of IEEE press releases, as well as articles taken from both IEEE and third-party publications. The portal provides dedicated sections for conferences and events, education and careers, publications, standards, the IEEE Intercloud Testbed, and other innovations.[8]


As part of its mandate, IEEE Cloud Computing is in the process of developing global cloud computing standards. In April 2011, it began working on the first IEEE cloud computing standards, IEEE P2301 and IEEE P2302. Both IEEE P2301, Draft Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profile, and IEEE P2302, Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation address cloud interoperability, portability, and fragmentation.[9]

The IEEE P2301 Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles (CPIP) Working Group was formed on February 24, 2014, with a mandate to develop the Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles. When completed, the guide will advise cloud computing ecosystem participants such as cloud vendors, service providers, and end users about available standards-based choices in areas like application, portability, management, and interoperability interfaces; file formats; and operation conventions. The guide will group these choices into multiple logical profiles, organized to address different cloud personalities. John Messina, senior member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cloud computing program, is the Chair of the IEEE P2301 Guide for Cloud Portability and Interoperability Profiles Working Group.[10]

On April 4, 2011,[11] the IEEE P2302 Draft Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation Working Group was formed. When finalized and approved, IEEE P2302 will define topology, protocols, functionality, and governance for cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federated operations[10]

IEEE Cloud Computing also formed its new IEEE Adaptive Management for Cloud Computing (AMCC) Study Group on December 16, 2013. The group's purpose is to investigate the management environments needed to support the dynamic nature of cloud computing environments, the services they provide, the customers that consume the services and the providers offering the services. It will also explore potential application for adaptive, policy-based management in cloud based environments, including adaptive management architectures and environments; adaptive security management; auto-generation of management policies from business specifications; auto-generation of data in support of management functionality; and co-generation of application and management functionality. Joel Fleck, senior standards architect at HP Labs is the study group's chair.[12]


IEEE Cloud Computing both sponsors and participates in cloud computing-focused conferences and events around the world. Designed to promote knowledge-sharing about cloud computing, events typically range from one day to a week or more and attract a global audience. Conference and event programs generally offer multiple educational tracks with keynote speeches, panel discussions, and roundtables led by industry notables, researchers, engineers, academics, policymakers, and other key stakeholders.[13]

In early January 2012, IEEE Cloud Computing began partnering with established conference to develop a matrix of events targeted to specific geographic regions. IEEE GLOBECOM 2013, held in Atlanta, Georgia, was co-located with the North America Cloud Congress. The initiative is organizing additional Cloud Congresses in the European, Asia Pacific, and Latin America regions to encourage greater focus on cloud computing via existing, well-established conference such as IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications (COMPSAC),[14] IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (IEEE CloudCom),[15] and IEEE Global Communications Conference, Exhibition, and Industry Forum (GLOBECOM),[16] or to create new cloud computing-related events in specific geographic regions.

IEEE Cloud Computing conferences and events[edit]

  • IEEE CLOUD: Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and launched in Los Angeles, California, the international IEEE CLOUD conference was originally co-located with the 2009 World Congress on Services. The event focuses on cloud computing technologies, advancements, and innovations.[17]
  • IEEE CloudCom: Also sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, IEEE CloudCom was first held at Beijing Jiaotong University, China in 2009, CloudCom addresses technical and scientific issues related to cloud computing, including architecture, data, security and privacy, and services and applications.[18]
  • IEEE Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets (IEEE CCEM): The first major conference organized by IEEE Cloud Computing, the inaugural IEEE CCEM conference was held in Bangalore, India in October 2012. IEEE CCEM focues on challenges and opportunities of cloud computing in emerging markets.[19] Notable speakers at the first conference included Dr. Fausto Bernardini, IBM; Dr. Anand Deshpande, Persistent Systems; Manish Israni, Vodafone India; Gautham Mago, Sequoia Capital India; Sam Pitroda, Chairman of India's National Innovation Council; and Dr. Anurag Srivastava of Wipro.[20]
  • IEEE CloudNet: A new conference launched in 2012 in Paris, France,[21] IEEE CloudNet is specific to cloud networking and related technologies.[22]
  • IEEE Annual International Computers, Software & Applications Conference (IEEE COMPSAC): First held in 1977 in Chicago, Illinois,[23] IEEE COMPSAC is an annual international conference focusing on computers, software, and applications, including cloud computing. Conference programs address research results, advancements and future trends in computer and software technologies and applications through keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops, and doctoral symposiums.[24]
  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE GLOBECOM): One of two IEEE Communication Society's (IEEE ComSoc) flagship conferences, IEEE GLOBECOM addresses an array of telecommunications technologies and disciplines, including broadband, wireless, satellite, social networking, and cloud computing.[25] The conference attracts scientists, researchers and industry practitioners.[26]


IEEE Cloud Computing includes three publications featuring news, articles, and commentary on cloud computing: IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (IEEE TCC); IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine; and IEEE Transactions on Big Data. The initiative's flagship publication, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing was first published in 2013,.[27] In addition to regular issues of the magazine, IEE TCC regularly publishes special editions focusing on specific topic, such as Autonomic Provisioning of Big Data Applications on Clouds,[28] Economics and Market Mechanisms for Cloud Computing,[29] and Scientific Cloud Computing.[30] IEEE TCC will be followed by the launch of IEEE Cloud Computing Magazine in 2014 and IEEE Transactions on Big Data in 2015.[31]


IEEE Cloud Computing offers a varied curriculum of resources about cloud computing, including continuing education courses, e-learning modules, and videos of conference, section, and chapter talks.[32] IEEE Cloud Computing e-learning modules ranging from introductory to advanced topics in cloud computing and big data are slated to be released in 2014.

IEEE Intercloud Testbed[edit]

The IEEE Intercloud Testbed is a test platform that encompasses a full Intercloud topology of systems, including clouds of different code bases, root clouds, and exchange clouds, separated by a high-speed network over a geographically dispersed area. Launched in October 2013,[33] the Testbed is designed to be a non-trivial distributed computing platform that allows companies, universities, and researchers to pool resources and collaborate in the development, test, and refinement of technologies developed to accomplish Intercloud interoperability and federation.[34] The testbed will provide a testing platform to facilitate the development of IEEE cloud standards development, such as IEEE P2302.[5]

Supported by IEEE Cloud Computing, the Intercloud Testbed is operated as an activity of the IEEE Standards Association's (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections program and any company or university can request membership in the Testbed. It is governed by an Executive Committee called the IEEE Intercloud Testbed Advisory Committee (ITAC), which includes representatives of IEEE Cloud Computing and select Testbed participants. ITAC and the Testbed are overseen by the IEEE Cloud Standards Committee (CCSC) and the IEEE-SA Industry Connections Committee (ICCom). ITAC provides the strategic direction for the Testbed, manages the growth of participation, and directs the development of all deliverables.[35]

Big data[edit]

IEEE Cloud Computing has recognized big data as an integral component within the cloud ecosystem and in 2012, it launched a new track devoted primarily to big data. In tandem with other tracks within IEEE Cloud Computing, this track will produce education modules, conferences and events, and publications addressing big data and related topics.[36]

IEEE Cloud Computing Communities[edit]

Complimentary to IEEE Cloud Computing, the IEEE Computer Society launched its new Cloud Computing Special Technical Community (STC) in April 2012. The mission of the STC is to build a free community that allows members to participate in cloud computing-related activities, encourages knowledge-sharing, and helps foster new ideas.[37]

In November 2013, IEEE Cloud Computing and the STC introduced Cloud-Link. A joint collaboration between the two organizations, Cloud-Link is an online resource designed to highlight recently published cloud computing-related articles and papers from IEEE journals and magazines.[38]

In October 2012, a new IEEE Cloud Computing Community was introduced to help share IEEE Cloud Computing news, information, and activities with the general public. Membership in IEEE is not required to join or subscribe to updates from the IEEE Cloud Computing Community.

Participating IEEE councils, societies, and organizations[edit]

Participating societies and organizations active in the IEEE Cloud Computing include:[39]


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