Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 & H2020 Projects


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


  • Defi: Internet of Services, Software & Virtualisation

  • Instrument: Integrated Project

  • Objectif: Internet of Services, Software and Virtualisation

  • Duration: October 2010 - January 2014

  • Coordinator: Inria

  • Partner: 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; Linagora, France.

  • Inria contact: Christine Morin

  • 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 has built a complete Cloud platform which integrates Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings [2] .


Participants : Maxence Dunnewind, Nicolas Lebreton, Julien Lefeuvre, David Margery, Eric Poupart.

  • Type: FP7

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

  • Instrument: Specific Targeted Research Project

  • Objectif: Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE)

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2014

  • Coordinator: Atos Spain SA (ATOS, Spain)

  • Partner: Atos Spain SA (ATOS, Spain) The University of Manchester (UNIMAN, United Kingdom) The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN, United Kingdom) Universitaet Stuttgart (USTUTT, Germany) Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI, Italy)

  • Inria contact: David Margery

  • Abstract: In ECO2Clouds, we add to BonFIRE energy probes to be able to measure power consumption of the infrastructure, combine it with information about energy sources used to produce the power so as to be able to bill CO2 usage to experimenters running VMs. To allow for scheduling and adaptation of running applications, CO2 usage is not only billed after the fact but also quoted in advance for a given period for according to resource usage units.


Participants : Maxence Dunnewind, Julien Lefeuvre, David Margery.

  • Type: FP7

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

  • Instrument: Integrated Project

  • Objectif: ICT-2011.1.6 Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) with a specific focus on b) FIRE Federation

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2016

  • Coordinator:Interdisciplinary institute for broadband technology (iMinds, Belgium)

  • Partner: Interdisciplinary institute for broadband technology (iMinds, Belgium), University of Southampton (It Innovation, United Kingdom) Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - paris 6 (UPMC, France) Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.v (Fraunhofer, Germany) Technische Universitat Berlin (TUB, Germany) The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN, United Kingdom) National Ict Australia Limited (NICTA, Australia) Atos Spain SA (Atos, Spain) Panepistimio Thessalias (University of Thessaly) (UTH, Greece) National Technical University of Athens (NTUA, Greece) University of Bristol (UNIVBRIS, United Kingdom) Fundacio Privada i2cat, Internet I Innovacio Digital a Catalunya (i2cat, Spain) Eurescom-European Institute for Research and Strategic Studies in Telecommunications (EUR, Gmbh Germany) Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe limited (DANTE limited, United Kingdom) Universidad de Cantabria (UC, Spain) National Information Society agency (NIA, Korea (republic of))

  • Inria contact: David Margery

  • Abstract: In Fed4FIRE, we investigate the means by which our experimental platforms (BonFIRE, and in a secondary way Grid'5000) could be made interoperable with a wider eco-system of experimental platforms in Europe and beyond. The baseline architectural choice for this project is to use the key concepts of the Slice Federation Architecture (SFA) to provision resources on experimental platforms, a Control and Management Framework for Networking Testbeds named OMF for experiment control and OML, the OMF Measurement library for data collection. We investigate whether these can be used to run experiments on BonFIRE and how they need to be extended to support the operating model of BonFIRE.


Participants : Eliya Buyukkaya, Georgios Ioannidis, Ancuta Iordache, Guillaume Pierre, Genc Tato.


  • Defi: Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures

  • Instrument: Small or medium-scale focused research project

  • Objectif: ICT-2011.1.2 Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2015

  • Coordinator: Imperial College London (IMP, United Kingdom)

  • Partner: Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), Université de Rennes 1 (UR1, France), Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationtechniek Berlin (ZIB, Germany), Maxeler Technologies (MAX, United Kingdom), SAP AG (SAP, Germany)

  • UR1 contact: Guillaume Pierre

  • Abstract: The HARNESS FP7 project aims to incorporate innovative hardware and network technologies seamlessly into data centres that provide platform-as-a-service cloud infrastructures.

    The dominant approach in offering cloud services today is based on homogeneous commodity resources: large numbers of inexpensive machines, interconnected by off-the-shelf networking equipment, supported by stock disk drives. However, cloud service providers are unable to use this platform to satisfy the requirements of many important and high-value classes of applications.

    Today’s cloud platforms are missing out on the revolution in new hardware and network technologies for realising vastly richer computational, communication, and storage resources. Technologies such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), General-Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU), programmable network routers, and solid-state disks promise increased performance, reduced energy consumption, and lower cost profiles. However, their heterogeneity and complexity makes integrating them into the standard Platform as a Service (PaaS) framework a fundamental challenge.

    The HARNESS project brings innovative and heterogeneous resources into cloud platforms through a rich programme of research, validated by commercial and open source case studies.


Participants : Christine Morin, Nikolaoss Parlavantzas, Aboozar Rajabi.


  • Objectif: ICT-2011.1.2 Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering

  • Instrument: Collaborative Project

  • Duration: October 2012 - September 2016

  • Coordinator: GEIE ERCIM (France)

  • Partner: SINTEF (Norway), Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK), University of Stuttgart (Germany), Inria (France), Centre d'Excellence en Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (Belgium), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (Greece), BE.Wan SPRL (Belgium), EVRY AS (Norway), SysFera SAS (France), Flexiant Limited (UK), Lufthansa Systems AG (Germany), Gesellschaft fur Wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung MBH Gottingen (Germany), Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart (Germany), University of Ulm (Germany), Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanislawa Staszica (Poland), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), IBSAC-Intelligent Business Solutions ltd (Cyprus), University of Oslo (Norway)

  • Inria contact: Nikolaos Parlavantzas

  • See also: http://www.paasage.eu/

  • Abstract: PaaSage aims to deliver an open and integrated platform to support both deployment and design of Cloud applications, together with an accompanying methodology that allows model-based application development, configuration, optimisation, and deployment on multiple Cloud infrastructures.

Collaborations in European Programs, except FP7 & H2020


Participant : Anne-Cécile Orgerie.

  • Program: ICT COST

  • Project acronym: NESUS

  • Project title: Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (ICT COST Action IC1305)

  • Duration: 2014 - 2018

  • Coordinator: Professor Jesus Carretero, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, http://www.nesus.eu

  • Other partners: 33 COST countries and 11 non-COST countries

  • Abstract: Ultrascale systems are envisioned as large-scale complex systems joining parallel and distributed computing systems that will be two to three orders of magnitude larger that today's systems. The EU is already funding large scale computing systems research, but it is not coordinated across researchers, leading to duplications and inefficiencies. The goal of the NESUS Action is to establish an open European research network targeting sustainable solutions for ultrascale computing aiming at cross fertilization among HPC, large scale distributed systems, and big data management. The network will contribute to glue disparate researchers working across different areas and provide a meeting ground for researchers in these separate areas to exchange ideas, to identify synergies, and to pursue common activities in research topics such as sustainable software solutions (applications and system software stack), data management, energy efficiency, and resilience. Some of the most active research groups of the world in this area are members of this proposal. This Action will increase the value of these groups at the European-level by reducing duplication of efforts and providing a more holistic view to all researchers, it will promote the leadership of Europe, and it will increase their impact on science, economy, and society.


Participants : Stéphane Chevalier, Teodor Crivat, Guillaume Pierre.

  • Program: EIT ICT Labs

  • Project acronym: MC-DATA

  • Project title: Multi-cloud data management

  • Duration: Jan-Dec 2014

  • Coordinator: Dr. Peter Pietzuch, Imperial College London

  • Other partners: SICS, Vodafone

  • Abstract: In 2014, the continuation of the MC-Data project had two main innovation objectives: (a) to provide and release a novel open-source Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud computing software stack (MC-ConPaaS) that explicitly targets cloud application deployments across multiple data centre sites; (b) to demonstrate the business value of the MC-ConPaaS platform through a use case of cloud-assisted real-time smartphone applications, thus affecting the future business models of mobile operators. Its expected outcomes are:

    • to release the MC-ConPaaS multi-site cloud platform as open source;

    • to foster the adoption of the MC-ConPaaS platform by creating tutorials and documentation;

    • to transfer the technology of the MC-ConPaaS platform to a mobile operator (VODAFONE), enabling them to offer a cloud infrastructure that supports cloud-assisted real-time applications;

    • to develop new business models for mobile operators based on cloud-assisted real-time services running on virtualised mobile base stations.


Participants : Roberto-Gioacchino Cascella, Yvon Jégou, Christine Morin, Arnab Sinha.

  • Program: EIT ICT Labs

  • Project acronym: VEP-S

  • Project title: SLA-Aware Heterogeneous Data-Centers Management through Standards

  • Duration: Jan-Dec 2014

  • Coordinator: Christine Morin, Inria

  • Other partners: Intel (Ireland), Reply (Italy)

  • Abstract: We designed the VEP-S system, which consists of the Virtual Execution Platform (VEP) component with support for OCCI, integration of the OCCI SLA extension, and the monitoring system for deploying and running distributed applications packaged following the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), a DMTF standard, on top of an IaaS cloud. The Virtual Execution Platform (VEP), developed in the framework of Contrail European project, is in charge of provisioning hardware resources from Cloud providers and to deploy and run distributed applications submitted by users under the control of a negotiated Service Level Agreements (SLA). VEP interacts with the underlying IaaS manager to create application networks, register VM images, generate VM templates and manage the lifecycle of virtual machines. The OCCI SLA API extends the OCCI Core Model to implement a SLA management API. This API allows for the creation and management of resources related with the realization of agreements between an OCCI- enabled cloud service provider and potential consumers of the provider’s resources. In the context of the VEP-S project, this extension is used to describe SLA terms and map them with the resources and services a cloud provider can offer. The monitoring component will provide three types of services: monitoring the IaaS resource manager to check whether the machine has started or not; monitoring the IaaS to check the usage of the resources; monitoring on the VM (monitoring agent in the VM and activated by the user). The technology used for the monitoring is Zabbix.