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The esprit network of excellence in distributed computing systems architectures

Objective

The mission of Cabernet is to coordinate top-ranking European research in distributed and dependable systems, to make that research accessible to governments and industries and to further the quality of education concerning such systems. CaberNet addresses all aspects of the design of networked computer systems. These systems can range from embedded systems used to control an aircraft in flight to globe-spanning applications searching for information on the World-Wide Web.

Key issues in many distributed systems or applications are:

1) achieving a level of dependability (e.g reliability, security and/or safety, etc.) that transcends that of the components from which the system is built,
2) dealing with system scale in such a way that the system does not collapse under its own weight, and
3) designing systems and applications that can run over a very wide range of platforms.

Typical application areas for such systems include:

- Electronic commerce
- Embedded systems
- Fault-tolerant systems
- Mobile computing
- Multimedia communication
- Safety-critical systems
- Secure systems
- Telecommunication systems
- Transportation systems
- Video storage and video-on-demand services
- Web applications
- Wireless networking

Distributed and dependable systems research is fundamental to all these areas. Today, we understand the general principles involved in engineering small- to medium-scale distributed systems. Several distributed systems that may be classified as "large-scale" have also been built but they have been constructed mainly on the basis of ad hoc solutions. General principles need to be derived, from which specific solutions can be tailored. Similarly, we understand a lot more now about many of the fundamental techniques involved in achieving dependability. But the application of these concepts to very large scale distributed systems, their cost-effective integration into the system design process, the problems of validating a planned design with respect to some given required balance of various system properties, all require much further research.

CaberNet is the Network of Excellence in distributed and dependable systems.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
France
Address
Avenue Edouard Belin 14-16
31054 Toulouse
Chorus Systèmes SA
France
Address
6 Avenue Gustave Eiffel
78182 Saint-quentin-en-yvelines
Fundacao Da Faculdade de Ciencias de Universidade de Lisboa
Portugal
Address
Faculdade De Ciencias,edificio C 4 -3 .Piso
1700 Campo Grande
Institut National de Recherche En Informatique et En Automatique Unite de Recherche Inria de Rennes
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
Institut National de Recherche En Informatique et En Automatique Unite de Recherche Inria de Rocquencourt
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores
Portugal
Address
Rua Alves Redol 9
1000-029 Lisboa
Sun Microsystems International Bv
Netherlands
Address
Computerweg 1
3821AA Amersfoort
Technische Universitat Wien
Austria
Address
Treitlstrasse 3
1040 Vienna
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Pembroke Street
CB23QG Cambridge
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti, 43
56124 Pisa
Universita diBologna
Italy
Address
Piazza Porta S. Donato 5
40127 Bologna
Universitat Kaiserslautern
Germany
Address
Erwin-schroedinger Strasse 1
67663 Kaiserslautern
Universiteit Twente
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 2
7500 AE Enschede