Michael Franklin (Univ. of Berkeley) came to NTU to give a talk. My students and I presented our work to him. His talk introduces the research work related to cloud computing done in RAD Lab (http://radlab.cs.berkeley.edu/).
Interesting References available: http://radlab.cs.berkeley.edu/publications
Michael focuses on this paper in his talk: PIQL: A Performance Insightful Query Language For Interactive Applications (http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2010/EECS-2010-8.pdf)