Title: Toward higher level abstractions for cloud computing

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.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCC.2011.043245

International Journal of Cloud Computing, 2011 Vol.1 No.1, pp.37 - 57

Available online: 21 Oct 2011

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