Section: Other Grants and Activities
AUTONOMIC INTERNET - 2008-2010
Autonomic Internet (AutoI - FP7.ICT.2007.Call1-216404) project suggests a transition from a service agnostic Internet to service-aware network, managing resources by applying autonomic principles. In order to achieve the objective of service-aware resources and to overcome the ossification of the current Internet AutoI will develop a self-managing virtual resource overlay that can span across heterogeneous networks that can support service mobility, security, quality of service and reliability. In this overlay network, multiple virtual networks co-exist on top of a shared substrate with uniform control. The overlay will be self-managed based on the system's business goals, which drive the service specifications, the subsequent changes in these goals (service context) and changes in the resource environment (resource context). This will be realised by the successful co-operation of the following activities: autonomic control principles, resource virtualisation, enhanced control algorithms, information modelling, policy based management and programmability. RESO is mainly involved in the programmability of the AUTOI overlay by proposing an Autonomic Network Programming Interface which will support large scale service deployment. Laurent Lefèvre is leading the workpackage 5 on “Service Deployment”. Official webpage : http://www.ens-lyon.fr/LIP/RESO/Projects/Autonomic_Internet/demo.html
OGF-EUROPE - 2008-2010
RESO participate in the OGF-Europe to reinforce the french participation to OGF standardization activities. We mainly concentrate our contribution on Telco interaction and Energy-efficiency in Grid context.
COST Action IC0804 on Energy efficiency in large scale distributed systems - 2009-2013
The main objective of the Action is to foster original research initiatives addressing energy awareness/saving and to increase the overall impact of European research in the field of energy efficiency in distributed systems. The goal of the Action is to give coherence to the European research agenda in the field, by promoting coordination and encouraging discussions among the individual research groups, sharing of operational know-how (lessons-learned, problems found during practical energy measurements and estimates, ideas for real-world exploitation of energy aware techniques, etc.).The Action objectives can be summarized on scientific and societal points of view: sharing and merging existing practices will lead the Action to propose and disseminate innovative approaches, techniques and algorithms for saving energy while enforcing given Quality of Service (QoS) requirements. Laurent Lefèvre is Management Committee member and French representative in this COST action.
AEOLUS (Algorithmic Principles for Building Efficient Overlay Computers) is an IP project that has been started since September, 1st, 2005. The university of Patras (Greece) is the prime contractor. The goal of this project is to investigate the principles and develop the algorithmic methods for building an overlay computer that enables an efficient and transparent access to the resources of an Internet-based global computer. In particular, the main objectives of this project are:
To identify and study the important fundamental problems and investigate the corresponding algorithmic principles related to overlay computers running on global computers.
To identify the important functionalities such an overlay computer should provide as tools to the programmer, and to develop, rigorously analyze and experimentally validate algorithmic methods that can make these functionalities efficient, scalable, fault-tolerant, and transparent to heterogeneity.
To provide improved methods for communication and computing among wireless and possibly mobile nodes so that they can transparently become part of larger Internet-based overlay computers.
To implement a set of functionalities, integrate them under a common software platform in order to provide the basic primitives of an overlay computer, as well as build sample services on this overlay computer, thus providing a proof-of-concept for our theoretical results.
EC-GIN (Europe-China Grid InterNetworking) is an European STREP project started in November 1st 2006. The university of Innsbrück (Austria) is the prime contractor.
The Internet communication infrastructure (the TCP/IP protocol stack) is designed for broad use; as such, it does not take the specific characteristics of Grid applications into account. This one-size-fits-all approach works for a number of application domains, however, it is far from being optimal - general network mechanisms, while useful for the Grid, cannot be as efficient as customised solutions. While the Grid is slowly emerging, its network infrastructure is still in its infancy. Thus, based on a number of properties that make Grids unique from the network perspective, the project EC-GIN will develop tailored network technology in dedicated support of Grid applications. These technical solutions will be supplemented with a secure and incentive-based Grid Services network traffic management system, which will balance the conflicting performance demand and the economic use of resources in the network and within the Grid.
By collaboration between European and Chinese partners, EC-GIN parallels previous efforts for real-time multimedia transmission across the Internet: much like the Grid, these applications have special network requirements and show a special behaviour from the network perspective. However, while research into network support for multimedia applications has flourished, leading to a large number of standard protocols and mechanisms, the research community has neglected network support for Grid computing up to now. By filling this gap and appropriately exploiting / disseminating the project results, EC-GIN will, therefore, cause a "snowball effect" in the European and Chinese networking and Grid computing research communities.
Technically, EC-GIN will make the Grid work, operate, and communicate better. By appropriately utilising the underlying network, Grid resources in general will be used more efficiently and amplify the impact of Grid computing on the society and economy of Europe and China. Year funding: 100Keuros