Section: Partnerships and Cooperations

European Initiatives

FP7 & H2020 Projects


Participants : Pedro de Souza Bento Da Silva, Matthieu Imbert, Christian Perez.

  • 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 & H2020


Participants : Radu Carpa, Marcos Dias de Assunção, Olivier Glück, Laurent Lefevre.

  • Title: SwiTching And tRansmission project

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

  • Duration: 2013-2016

  • 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 proven 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 over-provisioning 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. Avalon has put in place and deployed several experimental hardware (NetFPGA, low power processors, high performance servers) and software (SDN) platforms in order to validate the various energy efficient services.

COST IC1305 : Nesus

Participants : Marcos Dias de Assunção, Laurent Lefevre, Violaine Villebonnet.

  • Program: COST

  • Project acronym: IC1305

  • Project title: Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing (NESUS)

  • Duration: 2014-2019

  • Coordinator: Jesus Carretero (Univ. Madrid)

  • 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. In Nesus, Laurent Lefevre is co-chairing the Working on Energy Efficiency (WG5).