The three year project is being jointly managed in Australia by the CA Technologies research arm, CA Labs, and the University of Melbourne. The project combines the University of Melbourne’s world leading expertise in data mining and predictive analytics, with the domain expertise of CA Technologies in application performance management (APM) and capacity management software.
According to Steve Versteeg, vice president of Research at CA Labs, Melbourne, this research comes at the perfect time as the market is witnessing the emergence of the application economy.
“This research is particularly timely and relevant, as businesses continue to experience significant growth in the number of applications they are developing and deploying to meet increasing customer demand for services,” said Steve Versteeg.
PhD students will team up with professors from the University of Melbourne to delve into anomaly predictions for workload automation, and capacity planning as it relates to application performance.
The research will include base-lining (daily and weekly patterns) and social media sentiment/trends analysis, to enable organisations to predict highs and lows in application traffic based on social media posts. This will act as an additional input source that may be used to predict anomalies (e.g. increased demand) in the forecasted workload. For example, watching what is trending on social media may help predict an increased demand for a company’s products that would result in an increased demand on the organisation’s servers.
Research goal – develop new techniques and proof-of-concepts
The goal of CA Labs research is to develop new techniques and proof-of-concepts, which can then be integrated into CA product suites in support of the company’s development and innovation efforts. Prototypes, algorithms and research papers that are developed as a result of this project will be shared with the company’s global R&D teams.
“Only about a third of applications for research linkage grants are successful. In this extremely competitive landscape, this grant is an acknowledgement of our commitment to providing solutions that help our customers better develop, manage and secure their IT assets to more efficiently and effectively run their organisations,” said Steve Versteeg, vice president of Research at CA Labs, Melbourne.
Professor Rao Kotagiri, University of Melbourne, who is the lead Central Investigator for the project, said, “For nearly a decade, the University of Melbourne has had a successful relationship with CA Technologies, collaborating on a range of projects related to cloud computing and role-based access control. We are excited to once again partner with this innovative company to help organisations better compete in the application economy.” Other chief investigators involved in the project are Professor Rajkumar Buyya and Professor Christopher Leckie.
The grant comprises financial and in-kind funding from CA Technologies, the Australian Research Council and the University of Melbourne.