Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 Projects


Participants : Erwan Daubert, Guillaume Gauvrit, André Lage, Jean-Louis Pazat, Chen Wang.

  • Title: S-CUBE


  • Defi: Service & SW architectures, infrastructures and engineering

  • Instrument: Network of Excellence (NoE)

  • Duration: March 2008 - February 2012

  • Coordinator: Universität Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

  • Others partners: Tilburg University (The Netherlands), City University London (UK), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Center for Scientific and Technological Research, The French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, Lero - The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (Ireland), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), MTA SZTAKI - Computer and Automation Research Institute, Vienna University of Technology (Austria), Université Claude Bernard Lyon (France), University of Crete,Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), University of Stuttgart(Germany)

  • See also: http://www.s-cube-network.eu/

  • Abstract: S-Cube, the Software Services and Systems Network, will establish an integrated, multidisciplinary, vibrant research community which will enable Europe to lead the software-services revolution, thereby helping shape the software-service based Internet which is the backbone of our future interactive society. An integration of research expertise and an intense collaboration of researchers in the field of software services and systems are needed to address the following key problems:

    Research fragmentation: Current research activities are fragmented and each research community (e.g., grid computing or software engineering) concentrates mostly on its own specific techniques, mechanisms and methodologies. As a result the proposed solutions are not aligned with or influenced by activities in r


Participants : Roberto-Gioacchino Cascella, Florian Dudouet, Filippo Gaudenzi, Piyush Harsh, Yvon Jégou, Christine Morin.

  • Title: Contrail


  • Defi: Internet of Services, Software & Virtualisation

  • Instrument: Integrated Project (IP)

  • Duration: October 2010 - September 2013

  • Coordinator: Inria (France)

  • Others partners: XLAB Razvoj Programske Opreme In Svetovanje d.o.o., Slovenia; Italian National Research Council, ISTI-CNR & IIT-CNR, Italy; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Science and Technology Facilities Council, STFC, UK; Genias Benelux bv, The Netherlands; Tiscali Italia SpA, Italy; Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin, ZIB, Germany; Hewlett Packard Italiana S.r.l - Italy Innovation Center, Italy; Country Constellation Technologies Ltd, UK; EBM WebSourcing, France.

  • See also: http://contrail-project.eu/

  • Abstract: The goal of the Contrail project is to design, implement, evaluate and promote an open source system for Cloud Federations. Resources that belong to different operators will be integrated into a single homogeneous federated Cloud that users can access seamlessly. The Contrail project will provide a complete Cloud platform which integrates Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings [44] , [55] .

In 2012, we led the revision of Contrail overall architecture [42] . We also progressed on the design and implementation of VEP advanced features such as the reservation manager and scheduler [43] . We defined a revised version of the API. We worked on the integration of VEP with the other Contrail components. We set up an open permanent testbed for VEP and a testbed running Contrail software stack for internal use by consortium members to allow extensive tests with applications. Christine Morin is the coordinator of Contrail project and Roberto Cascella is the technical manager. She leads WP 10. Yvon Jégou leads WP 5 on VEP and WP 13 on testbeds.


Participant : Guillaume Pierre.

  • Title: Hardware- and Network-Enhanced Software Systems for Cloud Computing


  • Defi: Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures

  • Instrument: STREP

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2015

  • Coordinator: Imperial College (United Kingdom)

  • Others partners: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin, Maxeler Technologies and SAP AG.

  • See also: http://www.harness-project.eu/

  • Abstract: Cloud computing systems are currently composed of large numbers of relatively inexpensive computers, interconnected by standard IP routers and supported by stock disk drives. However, many demanding applications have now reached a fundamental limit in their ability to scale out using traditional machines. Future performance improvements will derive from the use of high-end specialized equipment in addition to standard hardware: GPUs of course, but also FPGAs, programmable routers, and advanced storage technologies. In this context the European project HARNESS investigates: (i) how cloud providers may offer such extremely heterogeneous hardware to its users; and (ii) how cloud customers may make use of these heterogeneous resources to run their applications such that they exhibit the best possible price-performance tradeoff.


Participants : Christine Morin, Nikos Parlavantzas.

  • Title: PaaSage - Model-Based Cloud Platform Upperware

  • Type: ICT

  • Instrument: Large Scale Integrated Project

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2016

  • Coordinator: ERCIM

  • Other partners: SINTEF, STFC, University of Stuttgart, CETIC, FORTH, BE.Wan, EVRY Solutions, SysFera, Flexiant, Lufthansa Systems AG, GWDG, Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart

  • See also: http://www.paasage.eu/

  • Abstract: Software developers targeting the Cloud want an easy way to develop their software in a fashion that exploits the full potential of the clouds, and still is able to run on any of the available offerings. Current platforms are heterogeneous and tend to impose a specific architecture on deployed applications. Accordingly, there is a significant dependency between client applications and the services provided by the platform. It is generally up to the developer to specify and exploit platform services to her best knowledge. However, the typical developer will neither know how to use these characteristics, nor how they impact on the overall behaviour and, what is more, how they relate to a given Cloud infrastructure. To address this complexity, PaaSage will deliver an open and integrated platform to support model-based lifecycle management of Cloud applications. The platform and the accompanying methodology will allow model-based development, configuration, optimisation, and deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing Cloud infrastructures.

In 2012, we studied the state of the art and worked on the system requirements and specifications.


Participants : David Margery, Christine Morin, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Nicolas Lebreton.

  • Title: Experimental Awareness of CO2 in Federated Cloud Sourcing

  • Type: ICT

  • Instrument: STREP

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2014

  • Coordinator: ATOS

  • Other partners: The University of Manchester, EPCC, HLRS, Politecnico Di Milano, Inria.

  • See also: http://eco2clouds.eu

  • Abstract: The ECO2CLOUD project tackles CO 2 emission awarness in virtualized infrastructures, applying its results to the BonFIRE facility. We specifically tackle the question of predicatable costs for the user despite the varying load on the infrastructure and tractable cost models and APIs to enable application deployment optimization and adaptation.


Participants : Maxence Dunnewind, Eric Poupart, Nicolas Lebreton, David Margery, Cyril Rohr.

  • Title: BonFIRE, Building service testbeds on FIRE


  • Defi: Future Internet experimental facility and experimentally-driven research

  • Instrument: Integrated Project (IP)

  • Duration: June 2010 - November 2013

  • Coordinator: ATOS SPAIN SA (Spain)

  • Others partners: The university of Edinburgh (U.K.); SAP AG (Germany); Universitaet Stuttgart (Germany); Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foaerung der Angewandten Forshung E.V (Germany); Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (Belgium); Universidad Complutense De Madrid (Spain) ; Fundacio Privada I2CAT, Internet I Innovacio Digital A Catalunya (Spain); Hewlett-Packard Limited (U.K.); The 451 Group Limited (U.K.) Techniche Universitat Berlin (Germany); University of Southampton (U.K.); Inria (France); Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Pan (Poland); Nextworks (Italy); Redzinc Services Limited (Ireland); Cloudium systems Limited (Ireland); Fundacio Centro Technologico De Supercomputacion De Galicia (Spain); Centre d'Excellence en technologies de l'Information et de la communication (Belgium); University of Manchester (U.K.);

  • See also: http://www.bonfire-project.eu/

  • Abstract:he BonFIRE (Building service testbeds for Future Internet Research and Experimentation) project will design, build and operate a multi-site cloud facility to support applications, services and systems research targeting the Internet of Services community within the Future Internet (http://www.bonfire-project.eu/ ). The Myriads team is involved in this project as it hosts the Aladdin ADT.

In the context of BonFIRE, we operate one of the five cloud sites integrated into the BonFIRE cloud federation. This cloud site is based on OpenNebula and can be extended on-request to all the machines of the local Grid'5000 site. We have also contributed to the cloud federation layer and host the integration infrastructure for the project, generated from configuration management tools using puppet.


Participants : Nicolas Lebreton, David Margery.

  • Title: Federation for Future Internet Research and Experimentation

  • Type: ICT

  • Instrument: Integrated Project

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2016

  • Coordinator: iMinds

  • Other partners: IT Innovation, UPMC, Fraunhofer, TUB, UEDIN, Inria, NICTA, ATOS, UTH, NTUA, UNIVBRIS, i2CAT, EUR, DANTE Limited, UC, NIA.

  • See also: http://www.fed4fire.eu

  • Abstract: The key outcome of Fed4FIRE will be an open federation solution supporting all stakeholders of FIRE. Fed4FIRE is bringing together key players in Europe in the field of experimentation facilities and tool development who play a major role in the European testbeds of the FIRE initiative projects.

SCALUS Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (MCITN) (2009-2013)

Participant : Christine Morin.

  • Title: SCALUS - SCALing by means of Ubiquitous Storage

  • Type: PEOPLE (ICT)

  • Defi: elevating education, research, and development inside the area of storage architectures with a focus on cluster, grid, and cloud storage

  • Instrument: Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (MCITN)

  • Duration: 4 years

  • Coordinator: Padeborn University, Germany

  • Others partners: Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC2), Germany ; BSC, Spain ; Durham University, UK ; Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany ; FORTH-ICS, Greece ; Universidad Politecnica De Madrid, Spain ; Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France ; XLAB, Slovenia ; Universität Hamburg, Germany ; Xyratex, UK ; Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, Germany (associated partner) ; CERN, Switzerland (associated partner) ; Microsoft Research, UK (associated partner) ; NEC, Germany (associated partner) ; ORACLE, Germany (associated partner).

  • See also: http://www.scalus.eu/

  • Abstract: The consortium of this Marie Curie Initial Training Network (MCITN) SCALing by means of Ubiquitous Storage (SCALUS) aims at elevating education, research, and development inside the area of storage architectures with a focus on cluster, grid, and cloud storage. The vision of the SCALUS MCITN is to deliver the foundation for ubiquitous storage systems, which can be scaled in arbitrary directions (capacity, performance, distance, security, . . .). The consortium involves 8 full academic partners, 2 full industrial partners and 5 additional associated industrial partners. Christine Morin participates in this project by co-advising with Professor Ludwig from the University of Hamburg a PhD student (Amandine Pignier) working on Load Balancing and Scheduling in Parallel and Cluster File Systems.

Collaborations in European Programs, except FP7


Participants : Eugen Feller, Christine Morin, Anne-Cécile Orgerie.

  • Program: ICT COST

  • Project acronym: IC0804

  • Project title: Energy efficiency in large scale distributed systems

  • Duration: 23/01/2009 - 04/05/2013

  • Coordinator: Professor Jean-Marc PIERSON, IRIT, France, http://www.irit.fr/cost804/

  • Other partners: 22 COST countries and 7 non-COST institutions

  • Abstract: The COST Action IC0804 proposes realistic energy-efficient alternate solutions to share IT distributed resources. As large scale distributed systems gather and share more and more computing nodes and Storage resources, their energy consumption is exponentially increasing. While much effort is nowadays put into hardware specific solutions to lower energy consumptions, the need for a complementary approach is necessary at the distributed system level, i.e. middleware, network and applications. The Action characterizes the energy consumption and energy efficiencies of distributed applications. Then based on the current hardware adaptation possibilities and innovative algorithms it proposes adaptive and alternative approaches taking into account the energy saving dimension of the problem. The Action characterizes the trade-off between energy savings and functional and non-functional parameters, including the economic dimension.

In March 2012, Eugen Feller organized a meeting for the participants in the focus group on "Energy and QoS-Aware Workload Management in Clouds" in Rennes.


Participants : Ancuta Iordache, Yvon Jégou, Christine Morin, Nikos Parlavantzas.

  • Program: EIT ICT Labs

  • Project acronym: RMAC

  • Project title: Resource Management Across Clouds

  • Duration: January-December 2012

  • Coordinator: Dick Epema, TU Delft and TU Eindhoven

  • Other partners: Institut Telecom, KTH, TU Delft and TU Eindhoven

  • See also: http://www.pds.ewi.tudelft.nl/ghit/projects/rmac/

  • Abstract: The main goal of this activity is to provide solutions for effective, efficient, elastic resource management across multiple clouds at the IaaS level for a wide range of application types (e.g., applications that fit the MapReduce paradigm and data-intensive applications) in federated public and private cloud infrastructures as extensions of the current systems of the partners.

In 2012, we implemented a new version of Resilin, a software which provides the Amazon Elastic MapReduce API and allows users to leverage resources from one or multiple public and/or private clouds. Resilin is now implemented as a distributed and loosely-coupled system whose business logic is separated into distinct services that can be distributed over the network, combined and reused. We also performed an extensive experimental evaluation conducted on multiple clusters of the Grid'5000 experimentation testbed [59] , [31] .