Project 2: Deployment of Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Academic Funded by: Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) Institutional Based Research/Grant no: TETFUND/DESS/UNN/NSUKKA/RP/VOL.VIII, 2016

We developed a public cloud computing infrastructure built on Synnefo and Gannetti open-source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for academic research in University of Nigeria Nsukka. The Lion Cloud IaaS made available to researchers powerful multi-core processors, storage repository, as well as open-source software tools to perform big data analytics, machine learning, etc.

We designed, developed and deployed for the University a Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Academic Research. It was a low resource cloud that made use of 3 HP ProLiant Servers with Synnefo cloud computing framework. We setup a compute, storage and identity nodes. The infrastructure had virtual machines that gave researchers access to store their data and run applications. This work was significant in that it enabled researchers to have access to computational power and storage for running their experiments free of charge which they did not have access to hitherto. Using this cloud for researchers within Nigeria reduces network latency since they did not have to access a cloud infrastructure across the globe.

The contribution of the work was also significant in that the Synnefo cloud framework we used only required fewer server machines (3 servers) instead of a minimum 5 servers if we were to use the OpenStack cloud framework. This way we were able to save cost in procuring the server hardware. This is important to organizations.

The project is one of the high-performance projects that we have worked on over the past 8 years and it provided us with required skills in cloud design, implementation and provisioning of virtual machines, as well system administration skills for troubleshooting failures in a cloud. This provides knowledge for our proposed research endeavors. It is still relevant in implementing intelligent computing which is an orchestration of cloud, IoT and machine learning.

Project Publications

  1. N. Udanor, F. I. Akaneme, C. H Ugwuishiwu, S. O Aneke, O.A. Ezugwu, O. E. Nweke, M. E. Ezema, I. A. Ogbodo (2019), Deploying an Open-Source Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Academic Research. IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering (IOSR-JCE), Volume 21, Issue 3, Ser. IV (May – June 2019), PP 61-74 – published journal paper
  2. Collins N.Udanor, Stephen O Aneke & Cynthia U Obillo. Implementing Cloud Computing Storage In Nigerian Tertiary Institutions, Proceedings of the iSTEAMS Multidisciplinary Cross-Border Conference University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana – October, 2018 – published conference paper