What is the workshop about?

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It has become progressively clearer that services capable to synchronise, share and interact with growing data volumes could become the keystone of new ways to do research.

Early prototypes of innovative non-traditional working storage exist: systems having at their centre synchronisation and sharing capabilities are natural candidates to host demanding data processing in the future.

Large-scale synchronization and sharing capabilities are already challenging existing  IT infrastructures in all areas, from security models to integration with compute resources. This situation calls for renewing computing infrastructures and the way research is done locally and across collaborating institutes.

We will meet at the 3rd Cloud Services for Synchronisation and Sharing (CS3) Conference to  review the state-of-the-art and share experiences about cloud storage services.

The community which gathered around the previous CS3 events includes users, service providers and developers of technological solutions.  As in the past, the conference will maximise the opportunity to liaise with key actors of the community.

In the previous CS3 conferences we witnessed the grow in complexity of Cloud Storage installations along the maturing of related  technologies.  Key actors in the Cloud Storage met at CS3 bridging between the evolution of technologies (and the need to standardise and interoperate) with new ideas from user communities exposing their experience and needs.

Three facts became clear during last conference at the ETH in Zurich:

  1. Existence of a vital community convinced on the potential of Cloud Storage technologies
  2. Demonstration of Cloud Storage as new platform for scientific and technical research
  3. Need of a Cloud Storage federation to enable collaborative research across different institutes and infrastructures

An hallmark of CS3 has always been to invite companies and development teams to share their experience and plans: they are invited to submit abstracts about their strategy and their technologies to be openly discussed.

We have seen that  this is important in complementing  the experience and plans from groups providing Cloud services and users comparing and proposing new ways to use these services.

We invite you to submit abstracts using the abstract submission page. Selected presentations (oral or poster) will be part of a Book of Abstracts to be published in the conference website (the Book of Abstracts of last conference is available online).