In cloud computing all computation and storage resources are virtualised, and everything including software, platform and infrastructure is as a service which can be deployed and scaled out quickly on demand.
Transparent Computing (TC) has many things in common with cloud computing, but with emphasis on user-controllable cloud services. To achieve such user controllability, underlying computing platforms, especially operating systems, have no need to be closely bounded with a computer, and thus can be treated as a special kind of service.
Any computational device, including desktops, laptops, pads, mobile phones and even sensors, can be dynamically installed according to its user’s preference and the device’s specifications. A selected OS is streamed on demand and temporarily resides on a device so in a way that allows the transparent computer/device (TC/D) to be very light, low cost and highly reliability. It is OS select-ability that enables a TC/D to get services across OS-dependent clouds and allows a user to get desired transparent services (TS) from different clouds.
The objective of this special issue is to invite highly state-of-art research contributions, tutorials and position papers that address the broad challenges of transparent computing and transparent services, covering transparent computing OSs, communications, management, security, applications, etc . Original papers describing completed and unpublished work are solicited.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Transparent and cloud computing architecture
- Transparent PaaS and cloud computing OSs
- Transparent computers and devices including pads, phones and sensors
- Transparent virtualisation technologies
- Transparent streamed data communications
- Transparent computing over wired/wireless networks
- Transparent computing user controllability
- Transparent computing security, privacy and trust
- Transparent services and QoS
- Transparent computing applications
Submission of paper: 20 November, 2011
First-round acceptance notification: 20 January, 2012
Revised papers deadline: 20 February, 2012
Final decision: 20 March, 2012