Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 Projects


Participants : Zhengxiong Hou, Vincent Lanore, Christian Perez.

  • Title: PRACE – Second Implementation Phase Project

  • Type: Integrated Infrastructure Initiative Project (I3)

  • Instrument: Combination of Collaborative projects and Coordination and support action

  • Duration: September 2011 - August 2014

  • Coordinator: Thomas Lippert (Germany)

  • Others partners: Jülich GmbH, GCS, GENCI, EPSRC, BSC, CSC, ETHZ, NCF, JKU, Vetenskapsradet, CINECA, PSNC, SIGMA, GRNET, UC-LCA, NUI Galway, UYBHM, CaSToRC, NCSA, Technical Univ. of Ostrava, IPB, NIIF

  • See also: http://prace-ri.eu

  • Abstract: The purpose of the PRACE RI is to provide a sustainable high-quality infrastructure for Europe that can meet the most demanding needs of European HPC user communities through the provision of user access to the most powerful HPC systems available worldwide at any given time. In tandem with access to Tier-0 systems, the PRACE-2IP project will foster the coordination between national HPC resources (Tier-1 systems) to best meet the needs of the European HPC user community. To ensure that European scientific and engineering communities have access to leading edge supercomputers in the future, the PRACE-2IP project evaluates novel architectures, technologies, systems, and software. Optimizing and scaling of application for Tier-0 and Tier-1 systems is a core service of PRACE.

    Inria participates to Work Package 12 which is about novel programming techniques.


Participants : Amine Bsila, Christian Perez, Jonathan Rouzaud-Cornabas.

  • Title: PaaSage: Model-based Cloud Platform Upperware

  • Type: Seventh Framework Programme

  • Instrument: Collaborative project

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2016 (48 months)

  • Coordinator: Pierre Guisset (GEIE ERCIM)

  • Others partners: SINTEF, STFC, HLRS, University of Stuttgart, Inria, CETIC, FORTH, be.wan, EVRY, SysFera, Flexiant, Lufthansa Systems, AG GWDG, Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart e.V.

  • See also: http://paasage.eu

  • Abstract: PaaSage will deliver an open and integrated platform, to support both deployment and design of Cloud applications, together with an accompanying methodology that allows model-based development, configuration, optimization, and deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing underlying Cloud infrastructures. Specifically it will deliver an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) incorporating modules for design time and execution time optimizations of applications specified in the CLOUD Modeling Language (CLOUD ML), execution-level mappers and interfaces and a metadata database.

Collaborations in European Programs, except FP7

  • Program: Celtic-Plus

  • Project acronym: SEED4C

  • Project title: Security Embedded Element and Data privacy for the Cloud.

  • Duration: 2012-2015

  • Coordinator: Bertrand Marquet (Alcatel-Lucent lab)

  • Other partners: Gemalto, ENSI Bourges, Inria, Wallix, VTT Technical Research centre of Finland, Mikkelin Puhelin Oyj, Cygate, Nokia Siemens Networks, Finceptum OY (Novell), Solacia, Innovalia Association, Nextel, Software Quality Systems, Ikusi, Vicomtech, Biscaytik

  • Abstract: SEED4C is a Celtic-Plus project: an industry-driven European research initiative to define, perform and finance through public and private funding common research projects in the area of telecommunications, new media, future Internet, and applications and services focusing on a new "Smart Connected World" paradigm. Celtic-Plus is a EUREKA ICT cluster and is part of the inter-governmental EUREKA network.

    The cloud security challenge not only reflects on the secure running of software on one single machine, but rather on managing and guaranteeing security of a computer group or cluster seen as a single entity. Seed4C focus is to evolve from cloud security with an isolated point or centralized points of enforcement for security to cloud security with cooperative points of enforcement for security.


Participants : Ghislain Landry Tsafack Chetsa, Mohammed El Mehdi Diouri, Laurent Lefèvre.

  • Program: COST

  • Project acronym: IC804

  • Project title: : Energy efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems

  • Duration: 2009-2013

  • Coordinator: J.M. Pierson (IRIT Toulouse)

  • Other partners: 26 research institute and countries

  • 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. This 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. This Action also characterizes the trade-off between energy savings and functional and non-functional parameters, including the economic dimension. Deliverables includes workshop proceedings, books, good practice leaflets fostering consciousness rise at ICT researchers, scientists, managers and users levels. Finally, benefits addresses scientific and societal needs.


Participants : Ghislain Landry Tsafack Chetsa, Mohammed El Mehdi Diouri, Laurent Lefèvre.

  • Program: COST

  • Project acronym: IC0805

  • Project title: Open Network for High-Performance Computing on Complex Environments (ComplexHPC)

  • Duration: 2009-2013

  • Coordinator: Emmanuel Jeannot (Inria Bordeaux - Sud Ouest)

  • Other partners: 26 research institute and countries

  • Abstract: The main objective of the Action is to develop an integrated approach for tackling the challenges associated with heterogeneous and hierarchical systems for High Performance Computing.


Participants : Laurent Lefèvre, Olivier Glück.

  • Title: SwiTching And tRansmission project

  • Type: CHIST-ERA (European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-Net)

  • Duration: 2013-2015

  • Coordinator: Jaafar Elmirghani (University of Leeds - UK)

  • Others partners: Inria ,University of Cambridge (UK), University of Leeds (UK), AGH University of Science and Technology Department of Telecommunications (Poland)

  • See also: http://www.chistera.eu/projects/star

  • Abstract: The Internet power consumption has continued to increase over the last decade as a result of a bandwidth growth of at least 50 to 100 times. Further bandwidth growth between 40% and 300% is predicted in the next 3 years as a result of the growing popularity of bandwidth intensive applications. Energy efficiency is therefore increasingly becoming a key priority for ICT organizations given the obvious ecological and economic drivers. In this project we adopt the GreenTouch energy saving target of a factor of a 100 for Core Switching and Routing and believe this ambitious target is achievable should the research in this proposal prove successful. A key observation in core networks is that most of the power is consumed in the IP layer while optical transmission and optical switching are power efficient in comparison, hence the inspiration for this project. Initial studies by the applicants show that physical topology choices in networks have the potential to significantly reduce the power consumption, however network optimization and the consideration of traffic and the opportunities afforded by large, low power photonic switch architectures will lead to further power savings. Networks are typically over provisioned at present to maintain quality of service. We will study optimum resource allocation to reduce the overprovisioning factor while maintaining the quality of service. Protection is currently provided in networks through the allocation of redundant paths and resources, and for full protection there is a protection route for every working route. Avalon is contributing to STAR in terms of software network protocols and services optimizations which will be combined with more efficient photonic switches in order to obtain a factor of 100 power saving in core networks can be realised through this project with significant potential for resulting impact on how core photonic networks are designed and implemented.