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Community Networks and Clouds

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Competitive project
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78.892,00 €
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Software Defined-Protection of data, Software-defined cloud services, Software-defined data management, community clouds, community networks, edge computing
We envision an evolution in Cloud platforms from purely centralized data centers to more heterogeneous and distributed infrastructures integrating a myriad of devices in the edge of the Internet. On the one hand, there are growing user and enterprise concerns about trust, privacy, and autonomy that require taking the control of computing applications, data, and services away from a few central nodes (data centers) to the logical extremes (the edges) of the Internet. On the other hand, the proliferation of edge devices, increased connectivity and powerful wireless networks involve interesting opportunities for hybrid cloud services and networks in the extremes of the Internet.
The aim of this project is twofold: to provide the means for users, enterprises and institutions to retake the control of their digital resources (digital data, processing and transfer) and to deliver services to the edge such that data does not necessarily need to go beyond edge boundaries. We outline the two major research challenges:
1. Software defined controls and architectures to enable automated data management and protection of data (namely, software defined protection) for cloud repositories. Instead of relinquishing control over data, customers will have the chance to retake control, without losing
the advantages of cloud processing.
2. Elastic, resilient and scalable service overlays and user-oriented cloud services built over open IP-based networks, providing a good quality of experience at the lowest economic and environmental cost. The result sought is empowering citizens and communities at the edge of Internet, to grasp the opportunity of digital participation by providing a digital ecosystem of services.
The research challenges will revolve around the topics of software-defined data management and community networking and clouds:
Software Defined Data Management is an evolution of Software Defined Storage technologies to control the entire data lifecycle. These novel techniques will enable the data owners to have full, programmatic control over the their data, encompassing not only cloud data management issues (scalability, elasticity, computing, etc.) but the security and trust challenges on the field of data protection. The goal will be to abstract data management into much smaller units that may be treated as disposable software pieces and entirely controlled by edge users. Research issues in this topic will be addressed in collaboration with the H2020 IOSTACK project also coordinated by the URV group.
Community networking (bottom-up networking in the European Digital Agenda) is an emerging Future Internet model where communities of citizens can build, operate and own open IP-based networks, a key infrastructure for collective digital participation. One of the shortcomings of these networks is the lack of cloud-like services in actual deployments. That requires solving research challenges in infrastructure, platform and user-oriented services, giving birth to the new notion of community clouds. Research challenges in this topic will be addressed in collaboration with the H2020 NetCommons and FP7 FIRE Clommunity coordinated by the UPC group by using the
Community-Lab and WiBed testbeds.
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
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Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Gobierno De España. Ministerio De Economía Y Competitividad, Mineco


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