9-12 May 2017
Europe/Rome timezone

Overcoming the Challenges facing Cloud Computing Deployment in Academic Research in Africa through Science Gateways: The Lion Cloud Experience

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Dr Collins Udanor (Dept. of Computer Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka)


Digital infrastructures are innovative systems that help researchers to find opportunities to face the challenge of increasing economic growth and improve the quality of life for their communities. These digital infrastructures have produced a new scientific paradigm known as e-science. E-Science is a pioneering method that uses integrated collections of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), or e-Infrastructures, to enable scientists across the world to collaboratively work on more and more ambitious projects. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of e-infrastructures like cloud computing platforms in many institutions of higher learning and centres of research in Africa. This challenge can be attributed to inadequate national ICT infrastructure and services, which in turn is attributed to inadequate government funding, which in turn becomes difficult for education institutions to own and use sophisticated ICT facilities. Other barriers include bandwidth availability and costs, lack of adequate supply of electricity and absence of requisite technical skills. At the University of Nigeria our research team, the High Performance and Intelligent Computing (HiPIC), has designed and deployed a low cost cloud computing infrastructure (the Lion Cloud) based on the Synnefo cloud stack and Ganeti cluster framework, to tackle the challenges of infrastructure, scientific computing software, storage, etc. The team also developed a science gateway application to predict the yields in plant tissue culture microprogation deployed on the Catania Future Gateway and on the Lion Cloud. This was made possible through the support of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Sci-GaIA, an EU H2020 project. In this poster we trace the development of Africa’s digital infrastructures, the projects, initiatives, challenges and prospects for research activities in Africa under digital infrastructures and culminates with the Lion Cloud infrastructure design and implementation.

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Dr Collins Udanor (Dept. of Computer Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka)


Dr Florence Akaneme (Dept. of Plant Science & Biotechnology, University of Nigeria Nsukka)

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