The Huawei-TELUS Innovation Centre for Enterprise Cloud Services opened today at Carleton University. The centre, located in Carleton’s new engineering building, was created through a $1.4 million investment made by Huawei and TELUS.
The new venue will be a centre for performing cutting-edge research in cloud computing. Students, faculty and industry will research real-world problems associated with enterprise clouds including management of computing, on demand storage and network resources, data-centre networking, scalability, business continuity, and security.
“Working with such innovative partners as Huawei and TELUS helps ensure Carleton continues to collaborate with important industry locally and nationally,” said Rafik Goubran, dean of Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design. “Our students will get the hands-on, real-world training they need to be competitive in the job market.”
“This initiative will enable Carleton to work with a growing number of innovators in the field of cloud computing research,” says Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS Chief Technology Officer. “The centre, supported by TELUS and Huawei, will be a vital element of not only academia in Canada but with our industry in helping to develop the most advanced cloud technology and services, ultimately benefitting the consumer and business alike.”
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with TELUS and the dynamic researchers in Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design in developing the cloud computing lab,” says Sean Yang, president of Huawei Canada. “With Carleton students driving research in leading-edge technologies, this will have significant benefits in the local information and communications technology community as these students graduate and enter the workforce.”
Many of these students, along with faculty from Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design and representatives from Huawei Canada and TELUS, were on-hand at the opening to discuss the importance of cloud technologies and the research projects they are launching in the centre.
Carleton’s Shikharesh Majumdar, professor of systems and computer engineering, will work with two graduate students on resource management in clouds that give rise to high system performance while conserving power; Professor Changcheng Huang will lead a project on traffic control for data-centre networks; Professor Yvan Labiche and students will research intrusion detection for clouds; Professor Samuel Ajila will lead a team working on virtual machine migration within the cloud; Professor Winnie Ye will lead a project exploring how photonic cross connections can be used to optimize clouds; and a team of four professors and graduate students led by Professor Ioannis Lambadaris will investigate effective techniques for service level agreement based resource allocation.