Cloud-Based Software Engineering: Proceedings of the Seminar No. 58312107

Jürgen Münch (Editor)

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Abstract

The seminar on cloud-based software engineering in 2013 covered many interesting topics related to cloud computing and software engineering. These proceedings focus on decision support for moving to the cloud, on opportunities that cloud computing provides to software engineering, and on security aspects that are associated to cloud computing.

Moving to the Cloud – Options, Criteria, and Decision Making: Cloud computing can enable or facilitate software engineering activities through the use of computational, storage and other resources over the network. Organizations and individuals interested in cloud computing must balance the potential benefits and risks which are associated with cloud computing. It might not always be worthwhile to transfer existing services and content to external or internal, public or private clouds for a number of reasons. Standardized information and metrics from the cloud service providers may help to make the decision which provider to choose. Care should be taken when making the decision as switching from one service provider to another can be burdensome due to the incompatibilities between the providers. Hardware in data centers is not infallible: the equipment that powers cloud computing services is as prone to failure as any computing equipment put to high stress which can have an effect on the availability of services.

Software Engineering – New Opportunities with the Cloud: Public and private clouds can be platforms for the services produced by parties but the cloud computing resources and services can be helpful during software development as well. Tasks like testing or compiling - which might take a long time to complete on a single, local, workstation - can be shifted to run on network resources for improved efficiency. Collaborative tools that take advantage of some of the features of cloud computing can also potentially boost communication in software development projects spread across the globe.

Security in the Cloud – Overview and Recommendations: In an environment where the resources can be shared with other parties and controlled by a third party, security is one matter that needs to be addressed. Without encryption, the data stored in third-party-owned network storage is vulnerable and thus secure mechanisms are needed to keep the data safe.

The student seminar was held during the 2013 spring semester, from January 16th to May 24th, at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Helsinki. There were a total of 16 papers in the seminar of which 11 were selected for the proceedings based on the suitability to the three themes. In some cases, papers were excluded in order to be published elsewhere. A full list of all the seminar papers can be found from the appendix. We wish you to have an interesting and enjoyable reading experience with the proceedings.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages76
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2013
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Fields of Science

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • cloud computing
  • software engineering
  • decision support
  • global software development
  • software testing
  • continuous deployment
  • security

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