Authors: Andrzej Goscinski; Michael Brock
Addresses: School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Pigdons Road, Geelong, Victoria, Australia. ' School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Pigdons Road, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: The general idea of cloud computing is offering computational resources as scalable, on demand services accessible over the internet. However, this new realisation of on demand computing is hindered by the amount of user involvement. Currently, high level abstractions in cloud computing only exist in the form of services. In particular, there is no effective means to publish, discover and finally use required services in clouds. In response, we propose a user level abstraction on top of already available cloud abstraction layers, present its concept using the resources via web services (RVWS) framework and demonstrate its feasibility by simplifying the exposure and use of clusters, a commonly used resource in cloud computing.
Keywords: cloud computing; higher level abstractions; resources via web services; RVWS; cluster as a service; CaaS; distributed computing; stateful web services; ease of use; user interfaces.
International Journal of Cloud Computing, 2011 Vol.1 No.1, pp.37 - 57
Received: 02 Aug 2010
Accepted: 01 Nov 2010
Published online: 30 Dec 2014 *