IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing

From the July-September 2014 issue

A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature

By Leonard Heilig and Stefan Voß

Featured article thumbnail imageThe popularity and rapid development of cloud computing in recent years has led to a huge amount of publications containing the achieved knowledge of this area of research. Due to the interdisciplinary nature and high relevance of cloud computing research, it becomes increasingly difficult or even impossible to understand the overall structure and development of this field without analytical approaches. While evaluating science has a long tradition in many fields, we identify a lack of a comprehensive scientometric study in the area of cloud computing. Based on a large bibliographic data base, this study applies scientometric means to empirically study the evolution and state of cloud computing research with a view from above the clouds. By this, we provide extensive insights into publication patterns, research impact and research productivity. Furthermore, we explore the interplay of related subtopics by analyzing keyword clusters. The results of this study provide a better understanding of patterns, trends and other important factors as a basis for directing research activities, sharing knowledge and collaborating in the area of cloud computing research.

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NOTE: We seek submission of papers that present new, original and innovative ideas for the "first" time in TCC (Transactions on Cloud Computing). That means, submission of "extended versions" of already published works (e.g., conference/workshop papers) is not encouraged unless they contain significant number of "new and original" ideas/contributions along with more than 49% brand "new" material.

News and Announcements

Introduction to the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing by Rajkumar Buyya

Welcome to the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC). It is my privilege and honor to serve as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of TCC. I would like to thank the IEEE and the world-wide Cloud Computing community for giving me the opportunity to serve them. Let me first share some of the open opportunities and challenges in Cloud Computing and then introduce the transactions and its progress. Read more. (PDF)

Welcome Message by Jon Rokne

I am delighted to introduce the first issue of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. Cloud computing is the new paradigm for distributed and shared computing that has been embraced by researchers, practitioners, and industry. The impact of cloud implementations on how computing is performed is profound. It reduces acquisition cost, maintenance cost, and has transformed the way that IT professionals and computer users handle their work. While there are many publications that cover cloud issues from an industry point of view, the IEEE Computer Society recognizes the need for a respected transactions that publishes research in the field of cloud computing. The new journal will help to fill this void by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed papers, covering topics such as cloud security and privacy, cloud standards and protocols, cloud development tools, cloud software, cloud backup and recovery, cloud interoperability, cloud applications management, cloud data analytics, mobile cloud, private clouds, liability issues for data loss on clouds, cloud education and skill sets, and cloud applications in commerce, education, and industry. Read more. (PDF)

Rajkumar Buyya Named EIC of TCC

Rajkumar Buyya, director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Computer Society's newest peer-reviewed journal.

Buyya, a professor of computer science and software engineering at University of Melbourne, is also founding CEO of a university spinoff called Manjrasoft Pty Ltd., which has developed innovative software technologies for cloud computing utilized by high-profile organizations such as China Southern Railways and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Well known in the cloud computing community, Buyya was 2009 recipient of the IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing in recognition of his significant contribution to the scalable computing community. In particular, he was recognized for pioneering the economic paradigm for utility-oriented distributed computing platforms such as grids and clouds, and serving as chair of the Technical Committee on Scalable Computing. Among his many other awards are the IEEE Computer Society's Richard Merwin Award in 1999 and a Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Read more...

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Many-Task Computing in the Cloud

Submission deadline: February 9, 2015. View PDF.

The Special Issue on Many-Task Computing (MTC) in the Cloud will provide the scientific community a dedicated forum, within the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing journal, for presenting new research, development, and deployment efforts of loosely coupled large scale applications on Cloud Computing infrastructure. MTC, the theme of this special issue, encompasses loosely coupled applications, which are generally composed of many tasks to achieve some larger application goal. This special issue will cover challenges that can hamper efficiency and utilization in running applications on large-scale systems, such as local resource manager scalability and granularity, efficient utilization of raw hardware, parallel file-system contention and scalability, data management, I/O management, reliability at scale, and application scalability. We welcome paper submissions in theoretical, simulations, and systems topics with special consideration to papers addressing the intersection of petascale/exascale challenges with large-scale cloud computing. We seek submission of papers that present new, original and innovative ideas for the "first" time in TCC (Transactions on Cloud Computing). That means, submission of "extended versions" of already published works (e.g., conference/workshop papers) is not encouraged unless they contain significant number of "new and original" ideas/contributions along with more than 49% brand "new" material. For more information on this special issue, please see

Special Issue on Cloud Security Engineering

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015. View PDF.

As the use of cloud computing grows throughout society in general, it is essential that cloud service providers and cloud service users ensure that security and privacy safeguards are in place. There is, however, no perfect security and when a cybersecurity incident occurs, digital investigation will require the identification, preservation and analysis of evidential data.

This special issue is dedicated to the identification of techniques that enable security mechanisms to be engineered and implemented in Cloud-based systems. A key focus will be on the integration of theoretical foundations with practical deployment of security strategies that make Cloud systems more secure for both end users and providers - enabling end users to increase the level of trust they have in Cloud providers - and conversely for Cloud service providers to provide greater guarantees to end users about the security of their services and data. Significant effort has been invested in performance engineering of Cloud-based systems, with a variety of research-based and commercial tools that enable autoscaling of Cloud systems, mechanisms for supporting Service Level Agreement-based provisioning and adaptation and more recently for supporting energy management of large scale data centres. This special issue will be devoted to understanding whether a similar engineering philosophy can be extended to support security mechanisms, and more importantly, whether experience from the performance engineering community (who often need to carry out analysis on large log files) can be carried over into the security domain.

We encourage authors to be exploratory in their papers - reporting on novel use of performance engineering tools that could be repurposed for supporting security management and vice versa.

Special Issue on Mobile Clouds

Submission deadline: May 1, 2015. View PDF.

Mobile cloud computing represents one of the latest developments in cloud computing advancement. In particular, mobile cloud computing extends cloud computing services to the mobile domain by enabling mobile applications to access external computing and storage resources available in the cloud. Not only mobile applications are no longer limited by the computing and data storage limitations within mobile devices, nevertheless adequate offloading of computation intensive processes also has the potential to prolong the battery life.

Besides, there is also an incentive for mobile devices to host foreign processes. This represents a new type of mobile cloud computing services. Ad-hoc mobile cloud is one instance that mobile users sharing common interest in a particular task such as image processing of a local happening can seek collaborative effort to share processing and outcomes. Vehicular cloud computing is another instance of mobile cloud computing that exploits local sensing data and processing of vehicles to enhance Intelligent Transportation Systems.

General Call for Papers

General call for papers. View PDF.

TCC is financially cosponsored by:

IEEE Computer SocietyIEEE Communications SocietyIEEE Power & Energy SocietyIEEE Consumer Electronics SocietyIEEE Systems Council

TCC is technically cosponsored by:

IEEE Signal Processing Society