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Computing Networks

From Cluster to Cloud Computing

Pascale Vicat-Blanc, LYATISS, Lyon Brice Goglin, INRIA, Bordeaux, France Sébastien Soudan and Romaric Guillier, LYATISS, Lyon

ISBN: 9781848212862

Publication Date: May 2011   Hardback   272 pp.

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Computing Networks explores the core principles of the new distributed computing infrastructures being used today: the networking systems of clusters, grids and cloud-based services. Cloud Computing will give millions of users the ability to process data anytime, anywhere, while also allowing them to maintain eco-friendly principles. In order to deliver this fast-growing traffic in a timely, cost-efficient, energy-efficient, and reliable manner over long-distance networks, several issues such as Quality of Service (QoS), security, metrology, network-resource scheduling and virtualization have been under scrutiny for the past 15 years.
With all the key global technology players entering the cloud computing space, it is inevitable that the field is attracting a huge amount of attention. But at present the majority of cloud computing users are still accessing computing power from the ubiquitous form of prior paradigm network access: the TCP/IP socket. Although modern distributed infrastructures theoretically offer solutions for resource aggregation, a high and predictable level of performance for applications may be hard to obtain due to the unsuitability of current bandwidth-sharing paradigms (fairness, best effort, no QoS), communication protocols, and software overheads. This book identifies the key problems that must be overcome in order to resolve these limitations.
The book aims to help network designers, and distributed-application developers and users to better understand the technologies, specific challenges, constraints and benefits of these different infrastructures’ communication systems.


1. From Multiprocessor Computers to Clouds.
2. Utilization of Network Computing Technologies.
3. Specificities of Computing Networks.
4. The Challenge of Latency in Computing Clusters.
5. The Challenge of Throughput and Distance.
6. Measuring End-to-End Performances.
7. Optical Technology and Grids.
8. Bandwidth on Demand.
9. Security of Computing Networks.
10. Practical Guide for the Configuration of High-speed Networks.

About the Authors

Pascale Vicat-Blanc is an expert in software solutions for cloud networks. She has also been Director of Research for INRIA at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. She has led research and taught about networks, protocols, systems, and distributed applications for more than 20 years.
Sébastien Soudan earned his PhD from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. He received the Marconi Society’s Marconi Young Scholar Award 2009.
Romaric Guillier graduated from ENSIMAG, obtained his PhD from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France and is now Expert-Engineer at INRIA.
Brice Goglin is Junior Researcher for INRIA, at the LaBRI in Bordeaux in France.


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