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Self-Organising, Self-Managing Heterogeneous Cloud

Objective

Currently cloud infrastructures are mostly homogeneous -- composed of a large number of machines of the same type -- centrally managed and made available to the end user using the three standard delivery models: Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). As clouds increase in size and as machines of different types are added to the infrastructure in order to maximise performance and power efficiency, heterogeneous clouds are being created. However, exploiting different architectures such as graphics processing units, many integrated cores and data flow engines, poses significant challenges.To efficiently access heterogeneous resources and, at the same time, to exploit these resources to reduce application development effort, to make optimisations easier and to simplify service deployment requires a reevaluation of our approach to service delivery.

The evolving complexity of the cloud ecosystem will eventually render traditional cloud management techniques ineffectual. Self-organisation and self-management are powerful techniques for managing complexity. Some of our initial simulation results using self organisation and self optimisation indicate that these can be used as the basis of a new cloud management and delivery model capable of efficiently dealing with issues that arise at scale. Our preliminary work has centred on promoting access to power efficient heterogeneous resources by shifting the deployment and optimization effort from the consumer to the software stack running on the cloud infrastructure. With CloudLightning, we propose to extend this work and to build a cloud management and delivery infrastructure based on these principles.

Given the prohibitive expense associated with empirical experimentation on hyperscale cloud infrastructures, data gathered on our testbed will be used to simulate this infrastructure and to evaluate the self organisation approach in that context.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 883 225

Participants (7)

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 657 330
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTUL E-AUSTRIA TIMISOARA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 283 750
Address
Bd. Vasile Parvan 4-6
300223 Timisoara
Activity type
Research Organisations
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 329 370
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 373 125
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAXELER TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 643 625
Address
3 & 4 Albion Place
W6 0QT London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 626 000
Address
Collinstown Industrial Park
W23 Leixlip
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 138 000
Address
Panepistimioupoli Rectorate Building
69100 Komotini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments