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Network of Excellence in Distributed Computing System Architecture

Objective

CABERNET aims to coordinate and strengthen the research, the research training activities and the industrial linkages of research groups involved in work related to distributed computing systems architectures. It intends to provide a long-term stable basis for research cooperation and integration and a challenging trans-European environment for research students. Moreover, industrial involvement in CABERNET, whether via membership or affiliation, will offer increased and enhanced means of interacting with industry. Members will obtain valuable feedback from industry about their research and industry will access a known reservoir of competence aimed at technology transfer. CABERNET continues the work of the pilot phase (Network 3702).
The project CABERNET, a network of excellence in distributed computing system architecture, has brought together a number of internationally ranked European research groups, sited in academic institutions and industrial laboratories, who are researching the problems of designing large scale distributed computing systems and investigating the opportunities provided by them.

Research coordination has involved:
the production of an evolving inventory of the 'state of play' of distributed systems research;
plenary workshops of the network;
a number of short term exploratory research exchanges and visits;
an exploratory workshop specifically aimed at young scientists in the network.

Research training comprised:
establishment of the CABERNET Research Training Institute for the receipt of fellows under the Human Capital and Mobility Programme;
an evolving inventory of doctor of philosophy C (PhD) programmes.

Industrial liaison has brought about:
establishment of an Industrial Liaison Database;
establishment of the CABERNET Industrial Affiliates Scheme;
production of the CABERNET Consultancy Services Directory, a resume of services offered to industry by CABERNET members.

The infrastructure planning involved:
establishment of the CABERNET Information Sharing Service, a UNIX based system of interconnected Andrew File System servers;
the lead role in the specification of infrastructure requirements for all networks of excellence.
The topic of distributed computing systems architectures is particularly appropriate for a Network, as by its nature it can provide an arena for investigating the problems of large-scale distributed systems from an unusually broad perspective.

STRUCTURE

CABERNET's eleven managing nodes are responsible for the coordination and administration of the Network. The CaberNet Executive Board is responsible for all policy decisions. It consists of one senior representative of each managing node plus a representative of associate node interests and an ex officio representative of the European Commission. The Executive Board is assisted by four work area committees on Research Coordination, Research Training, Links to Industry and Infrastructure Planning. Day-to-day administration of CaberNet is the responsibility of the Administrative Coordinator.

ACTIVITIES

Research Coordination

- the production of an evolving inventory of the "state of play" of distributed systems research
- plenary workshops of the Network
- a number of short-term, exploratory research exchanges and visits
- an exploratory workshop specifically aimed at young scientists in the Network.

Research Training

- establishment of the CABERNET Research Training Institute for the receipt of fellows under the Human Capital and Mobility Programme
- an evolving inventory of PhD programmes.

Industrial Liaison

- establishment of an Industrial Liaison Database
- establishment of the CABERNET Industrial Affiliates Scheme
- production of the CABERNET Consultancy Services Directory, a resume of services offered to industry by CABERNET members.

Infrastructure Planning

- establishment of the CABERNET Information Sharing Service, a UNIX-based system of interconnected Andrew File System servers
- the lead role in the specification of infrastructure requirements for all networks of excellence.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address

NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
7 Avenue De Colonel Roche
31077 Toulouse
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES
Portugal
Address
Apartado 10105, Rua Alves Redol, 9
1017 Lisboa
Institut National de Recherches en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET KAISERSLAUTERN
Germany
Address
Erwin Schroedinger Strasse 46
67663 Kaiserslautern
Technische Universitaet Graz
Austria
Address
Schiessstattgasse 4A
8010 Graz
UNIVERSITEIT VAN TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan, 5217
7500 AE Enschede
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Piazza Di Porta San Donato 5
40127 Bologna
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Free School Lane
CB2 3RF Cambridge
Università degli Studi di Pisa
Italy
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 45
56100 Pisa