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Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches


University of Houston computer scientist Larry Shi is the recipient of a $369,803 NATO award to keep big data secure on the cloud. He will be designing a new framework to protect Big Data processing and address Cloud-based security concerns. Credit: Braelyn Coulter
23 Mar 2016 Houston - In today's hyper-connected world, cybersecurity is always top of mind for University of Houston (UH) computer scientist Larry Shi. He said when it comes to data breaches, it's not a question of if, but when. Larry Shi is the recipient of a $369,803 NATO award through its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme to keep Big Data secure on the Cloud. He will be designing a new framework to protect Big Data processing and solve some related problems, such as efficiency, untrusted system administrators and side-channel threats. He and his team have observed that certain computing devices have special features that may help address these Cloud-based security concerns.

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 169 million personal records were compromised in 2015 through security breaches among business, medical, financial, government and education entities. From enterprise resource planning that helps organisations manage business to customer relationship management to applications monitored via the Web, data is exponentially increasing all over the globe.

"To put it in perspective, in just three years, data growth is expected to reach zettabytes, which is one billion terabytes", stated Larry Shi, referring to a recent presentation done by one of his cybersecurity colleagues. "That means it would take one billion one-terabyte hard drives to store one zettabyte of data."

Consisting of billions to trillions of records of millions of entities from consumers to retailers to government agencies, Big Data is the process of collecting, organizing and analyzing massive amounts of facts and statistics to discover patterns and other useful information. Normal data progresses to Big Data when it becomes too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.

From consumer data tracked by companies to individuals posting content on social media to governmental and military agencies storing highly sensitive information and even the metadata sent from sensors embedded in cars, energy meters and smartphones, big data has become part and parcel of daily living. As a result, the need for cloud computing has become ubiquitous.

"Since Big Data usually requires huge amounts of computation and storage resources, the Cloud becomes the natural choice for those tasks", stated Larry Shi, who is an assistant professor of computer science in UH's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "However, Cloud infrastructure is usually managed by a third party, which makes security and privacy of the Big Data processing a big concern, presenting new security challenges."

Without solving this challenge, Larry Shi said, it's hard for some industries to adopt Big Data technology. While Big Data has the potential to help companies improve operations and make faster, more intelligent decisions, such as increasing profits or improving operations, the inherent vulnerabilities are a concern and security is the main obstacle to deploying the technology.

"Our proposal is about using specialized computing devices for secure and private Big Data processing", Larry Shi stated. "NATO expects us to design a new way to protect and safeguard Big Data processing procedures in the Cloud environment. We will be setting up a testbed to use special computing hardware for Big Data processing. We already have some preliminary results and plan to finish the framework design and deploy a test system in our lab before the end of 2016."

Looking at the big picture, Larry Shi said all areas employing big data technology will benefit from their research results. Although the technology his team is developing aims at protecting defense sector big data applications, it also will be applicable to other service providers, such as Google and Amazon. Ultimately, they will be developing a new kind of computing technology that minimizes risks of data breaches by securing the computation itself.

"The research also potentially has huge commercial value, because of the growing market in data analytics and related services," Shi said. "According to some predictions, the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide. Security and privacy are the major concerns for running data analytics over third-party infrastructure, and every player wants to provide adequate protection for their customers."

The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice and support to security-relevant research, innovation and knowledge-exchange activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country. Larry Shi's project is a joint effort with Korea University. Working with Larry Shi at UH are Lei Xu, a research associate in computer science, and Ph.D. student Kelvin Gao. They will be collaborating with Taeweon Suh, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Korea University. Taeweon Suh is an expert on hardware design and will focus with his team on the engineering part of the project.
Source: University of Houston

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Primeur weekly 2016-03-29

Crowd computing

Tuberculosis to be tackled using crowd computing power ...

Quantum computing

Unlocking the gates to quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC to announce the 2016 Hans Meuer Award winning research paper ...

PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC nominations in now open ...

Middleware

Bright Computing names Dan Kuczkowski as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales ...

Hardware

Intersect360 Research to present 8th HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations ...

SC16 Student Cluster Competition still open till April 15, 2016 ...

Mellanox announces first 200Gb/s silicon photonics devices, doubling the performance in the QSFP form factor ...

Mellanox and InnoLight announce the availability and interoperability of 100Gb/s PSM4 transceivers at 1310 and 1550nm wavelengths ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer ...

Applications

KAUST IT Research Computing implements HPC Add-ons for research applications in order to automate the access to HPC resources ...

Could material defects actually improve solar cells? ...

NERSC announces 4th annual HPC Achievement Award winners ...

Research powers ahead with new supercomputer at University of Adelaide ...

Predicting severe hail storms ...

Honda selects IBM Watson IoT technology enabling real-time racing decisions for Formula One power unit operation ...

New computational method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people ...

Breakthrough technology to improve cyber security ...

Researchers to develop new computing technology to minimize risks of data breaches ...

Record-speed data transmission could make Big Data more accessible ...

Robust network of connections between neurons performing similar tasks shows fundamentals of how brain circuits are wired ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Bluemix Garage in Europe to fuel Cloud development ...

GEANT and Amazon Web Services - breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption ...

Oracle unveils suite of breakthrough services to help simplify Cloud adoption by global corporations ...