The S-CASE project kicked off in Thessaloniki late last year with Flexiant providing cloud expertise and the infrastructure to underpin the project itself.
At its heart, S-CASE can be seen as a ‘search engine for developers’ to help save time with the goal of saving money – it is as simple as that.
In more detail though, the team plans to create a software prototype that significantly reduces development time by creating a rapid prototyping realm aimed at automating solutions for the extraction of system specifications and low-level architecture. This ‘S-CASE Realm’ plans to automate solutions for the discovery and synthesis of composite workflows of software artefacts from distributed open source and proprietary resources that fulfil the inserted system requirements in the best possible way.
In our last blog we looked at the ‘Three Pillars’ of Horizon 2020 (H2020) and the importance of each pillar. Today we focus on the H2020 plans for the ICT sector. The H2020 emphasis on innovation resonates with the development philosophy at Flexiant and how we try to continuously deliver new features and functionality that benefit cloud service providers. There are four main areas of focus for the H2020 plans:
1. Improve the economy
According to the European Commission, ICT in Europe is growing seven times faster than the rest of the economy! This sector represents 4.8% of the EU economy and accounts for 25% of total business expenditure in Research and Development (R&D). The transformative power of ICT can help address many of Europe’s most pressing societal challenges in areas such as health, the environment and fostering secure and inclusive societies. Through H2020, the EU is investing at least 25% more in ICT research than in previous research programmes. This investment and active research participation by companies such as Flexiant, will help generate to 900,000 jobs by 2015.
2. Develop the next generation of technologies
The most exciting part of H2020 is the aim to develop new innovations, including next generation computing, infrastructures, technologies and services for the future Internet and content technologies. Flexiant plans to be at the forefront of this innovation working with H2020 partners.
3. Resolve real-world end user limitations
There is a strategic change from FP7 to FP8 or H2020, moving from a topic driven set of high level criteria to a more industry driven challenge Vs impact scenario. This means that current challenges should be clear and linked to real-world end user limitations/issues. Flexiant has a keen understanding of the ‘as is’ situation through our work with customers and partners.
This is the first of a series of Horizon 2020 blogs where we look at how the EU’s latest Research and Innovation is developing, how Flexiant will get involved and how other organisations can benefit from Horizon 2020.
‘The Power of Three’
It’s well known that a triangle is the strongest shape; their ability to bear large loads and withstand strong forces makes them ideal as a building block. It’s no surprise then that the EC has decided to underpin Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever in such a manner. Flexiant has a long and proven track record of innovation and this is supported by our collaboration with European partners in a variety of research projects. Horizon 2020 promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts through turning great research ideas into realistic, commercial strategies.
Let’s start by taking a look at the Three Pillars that make-up the Horizon 2020 landscape.
Today we announced our involvement in the multi-national FP7 MOVESMART project to provide the cloud infrastructure and orchestration platform for the research consortium.
MOVESMART aims to provide route mapping and flexible personal mobility services using a set of crowd-sourcing tools for collecting real-time information by multimodal travelers. At the core of MOVESMART is a hierarchical urban-traffic infrastructure that is hosted and maintained by cloud architecture. The project will enhance transport integration by working with electric car manufacturers, service providers and public authorities to create workable examples of the technology in two major cities with different profiles in terms of size and complexity of their transport network. Using real-time personalized mobility services based on crowd-sourced information from travelers, MOVESMART will gather anonymous data using either mobile data or via simple portable devices.
Cloud infrastructure has increased dramatically over recent years, driven by user demand and increases in technological developments. Alongside this growth, there has been increased demand for better energy efficiency within CPU architecture. This has translated into greater complexity in cloud infrastructure and simplifying this for end users is proving to be one of the greatest challenges to cloud providers. CACTOS is engaged in finding solutions to tackle this problem, and Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator is playing a critical role in the project.
The CACTOS consortium brings together development partners from countries across Europe including; Sweden, Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together, these partners will develop solutions for resource optimisation, cost efficiencies and risk analysis mechanisms for evaluating cloud service infrastructures. It will collect and utilize historical data and research to deliver a simulation that will allow complex algorithm-based analysis. The project will use Flexiant’s cloud orchestrator software for stress testing applications and modelling behaviours when different IaaS level resources are mapped to workloads. This will help correlate the relationship between workloads and underlying resources with a view towards application specific Quality of Service requirements being met.