Cloud Summerschool Almere 2013 Cloud Summerschool Almere 2013

Cloud Summerschool Almere 2013

The Cloud Summerschool is designed for junior researchers in computer systems willing to expand their knowledge in the area of Cloud computing. A variety of key notes from highly respected international experts in the field, lectures about the internals of Clouds, including OpenStack, OpenNebula and Contrail will be organised. Practical sessions will be dedicated to applying the fresh knowledge about Cloud federation, Cloud security, federated identity management, PaaS, IaaS, Cloud filesystems, SLAs and other novel Cloud computing techniques. Integration and the working of complex systems based on Big Data is an important element of this year's summer school. It is the perfect setting to obtain expertise and discuss research with fellow participants and with the experts that are shaping the future of Cloud computing.

The Almere Cloud Summer School 2013 will address high level technology topics in the field of Cloud computing systems and applications. In-depth knowledge is offered on topics like cloud applications, high-performance computing, Platform-as-a-Service, cloud federations, Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

The one-week course will be held as part of the Summer School Almere, organized by Genias Benelux with support of the Contrail Project.


The Summer school on Cloud Computing Systems and Applications is the successor of successful previous Summerschool held in Almere in July 2012.

Summerschool 2012 video impression from Contrail project on Vimeo.


The school will include a mix of lectures and hands-on sessions in the domain of Cloud computing systems and applications, with an emphasis on infrastructures and systems. Lectures from leading researchers in the domain will address Cloud technologies which are already shaping the future of computing infrastructures. Hands-on sessions will give participants practical experience in this rapidly-changing field and prepare them to use the Cloud and participate in its future developments. Hands-on sessions will be based on the open source OpenNebula, Openstack and Contrail Cloud systems and commercial clouds.

Students get a unique opportunity to learn from the lectures that themselves are shaping the future of Cloud computing.


The aims of the Cloud Summer School are:

  • To introduce participants to the Cloud computing paradigm, illustrated by examples of real, demanding Cloud applications;
  • To present IaaS and PaaS cloud systems;
  • To provide lectures and practical courses on system-level techniques to achieve scalability, elasticity, quality of service and security in Cloud systems;
  • To provide a forum for participants to discuss their research work and share experience with experienced researchers.

Target audience

The school is open to postgraduate students (MSc, PhD) and young researchers (from technical industries, research laboratories and academic environments) who have recently started (or are about to start) working on cloud research projects. Prospective students from computer science, computational science and application backgrounds are encouraged to join: the only pre-requisite is basic knowledge in distributed systems.


This year's theme is "paving the way to the Cloud".

This year's Cloud Summerschool focuses on recent developments in four main topics:

  1. Cloud Federation and Multiclouds
    Letting applications quickly shift from one Cloud to the other, burst applications out into a large Cloud when needed, and provide seamless access to multiple Clouds: these are hot research topics today.
  2. Cloud Storage and Big Data
    Cloud Computing is not only about computing or applications, but also about storing and accessing data. Big Data in relation to Clouds is another important research topic. Lecturers from the Dutch Health Hub will illustrate this.
  3. HPC Cloud
    One of the most successful advanced uses of Clouds is High Performance Computing (HPC), which can easily stress Cloud computing to its limits.
  4. Sensor Clouds
    A completely new field of Cloud Computing is Clouds consisting of large numbers of sensors. This year this topic is included for the first time in the Summer School programme.



Architecture of a Cloud federation (Contrail).




The programme will last for 5 days (Monday/Friday). One day will be a local workshop with lectures on real life Cloud needs and solutions. This year the topic will be Dutch Health Hub. The other four days will have a scientific/technical programme.

The detailed program is available on a separate Cloud summerschool Programme page.

Doctoral symposium

One afternoon will be dedicated to the PhD/doctoral symposium, where school participants are encouraged to discuss their own research and show how they plan to use advanced Cloud techniques. It will be possible to get access to Cloud infrastructures and support to prepare the presentation. There will be a prize, sponsored by the Contrail project, for the best research presented.


The school will take place in Almere, 20 minutes from Amsterdam and 30 minutes from Schiphol, Amsterdam International Airport.

The 2012 Cloud Summerschool. Students before the main building.


Academic credits

The summer school does not deliver ECTS credits directly. However, a Certificate of Attendance will be provided. Universities would typically convert this to 2.0 ECTS.


July 22-26, 2013


Participants are expected to register at (in the second screen, please select the course on "Cloud Technology").

Course Fee: EUR 650 ,- including course materials.

Accommodation Fee: EUR 175,- for the entire duration of the school (on the basis of shared double rooms, including breakfast and Internet access).

Deadline for registration: 5 July 2013


Summer School Almere can offer some scholarships for this course. The deadline for scholarship requests was 15th June 2013.


Scientific programme Committee


  • Dana Petcu, University of Timisoara, Romania
    Active in many Cloud projects, including MoSAIC, HOST, ModaClouds
  • Wolfgang Gentzsch, Regensburg, Germany
    Veteran of distributed computing, Grid computing Cloud computing. Involved in EUDAT project
    Main activity: "Uber- Cloud experiment"
    Web page:
  • Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy
    Involved in many distributed and Cloud computing projects. Including Reservoir and VisionCloud.
  • Jens Jensen, STFC, UK
    Involved in many Grid, Cloud and security projects with a focus on security, including Contrail and Eudat. Active in OGF.
  • Laurentiu Neamtu, La Salle University, Almere, the Netherlands, Barcelona, Spain
    Academic director. Expert in project management, Software Development, Airspace Engineering, Computational Mechanics.
    La Salle Website:


Local organisation

Genias Benelux & Summerschool Almere

The 2012 Cloud Summerschool. Also fun.



Important note

The course will be open only in case the minimum number of participants has been achieved. All registered participants will be informed about the go/no go decision the latest 24 hours after the module registration deadline via e-mail. Participants are kindly requested not to book their flights until formal go decision has been received.


A flyer introducing the Cloud Summer School is available for download.

Registration Registration

Registration is handled through the Summer School Almere Registration page.


Participants are expected to register at Summer School Almere Registration page (please select the course on "Cloud Technology") .

Course Fee: EUR 650 ,- including course materials.

Accommodation Fee: EUR 175,- for the entire duration of the school (on the basis of shared double rooms, including breakfast and Internet access).

Deadline for early registration: 5 July 2013  (after that the hotel costs can be different)

Deadline for late registration: 19 July 2013 (please note that payments have to be received by then too).


Dutch Universities, Dutch Health Hub, Gridforum and Almere Data Capital

For Dutch students and professors and for relations of the Dutch Healt Hub or Almere Data Capital we offer a discount on the course fee and the possibility to get a day ticket:

1. Day ticket: 125 euro
2. Complete programme: 5 days: 5% discount on the course fee

Please mention "discount registration" when registering.