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Superfluidity: a super-fluid, cloud-native, converged edge system

Objective

Superfluidity is “a state in which matter behaves like a fluid with zero viscosity”. Our project aims at achieving superfluidity in the network: the ability to instantiate services on-the-fly, run them anywhere in the network (core, aggregation, edge) and shift them transparently to different locations.
The SUPERFLUIDITY project tackles crucial shortcomings in today’s networks: long provisioning times, with wasteful over-provisioning used to meet variable demand; reliance on rigid and cost-ineffective hardware devices; daunting complexity emerging from three forms of heterogeneity: heterogeneous traffic and sources; heterogeneous services and needs; and heterogeneous access technologies, with multi-vendor network components.
The SUPERFLUIDITY solution is based on: a decomposition of network components and services into elementary and reusable primitives; a native, converged cloud-based architecture; the virtualization of radio and network processing tasks; platform-independent abstractions, permitting reuse of network functions across heterogeneous hardware platforms, while catering to the vendors’ need for closed platforms/implementations; and high performance software optimizations along with leveraging of hardware accelerators.
As a result, the 5G network will benefit from: i) location-independence: network services deployable in heterogeneous networks; ii) time-independence: near instantaneous deployment and migration of services; iii) scale-independence: transparent service scalability; and iv) hardware-independence: development and deployment of services with high performance irrespective of the underlying hardware.
Through these properties, SUPERFLUIDITY will provide a converged cloud-based 5G concept that will enable innovative use cases in the mobile edge, empower new business models, and reduce investment and operational costs.
The SUPERFLUIDITY consortium gathers an impressive and uncommon blend of Telco and IT players that can make its vision a reality.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless/5g

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Address
Viale G. P. Usberti 181A
43124 Parma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 823 122

Participants (18)

NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 608 856
Address
Site Nokia Paris Saclay, Route De Villejust
91620 Nozay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALCATEL-LUCENT ISRAEL LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 650 000
Address
Atir Yeda St. 16
44643 Kfar Saba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 750
Address
Newgate Street 81
EC1A 7AJ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CITRIX ELLAS MONOPROSOPI ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 709 375
Address
Eo Kato-ano Kastritsiou 4
26504 Kato Kastritsi Patras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
E-BLINK

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 30 400
Address
3-5 Rue Marcel Pagnol
91800 Boussy Saint-antoine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 687 000
Address
Collinstown Industrial Park
W23 Leixlip
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEC EUROPE LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 113 741,14
Address
West End Road Athene Odyssey Business Park South Ruislip
HA4 6QE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ONAPP LIMITED
Gibraltar
EU contribution
€ 587 500
Address
Montagu Pavilion, Queensway 8-10
E1 6QL Gibraltar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALTICE LABS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 319 500
Address
Rua Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto
3810 106 Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RED HAT ISRAEL LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 615 000
Address
Jerusalem Road 34 5Th Floor
43501 Ra Anana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELCARIA IDEAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 249 750
Address
Calle Alberto Aguilera, 62, Derecha, 6-2
28015 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 271 778
Address
Ronda De La Comunicacion S/n Distrito C Edificio Oeste I
28050 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIFIED STREAMING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Stadhouderskade 54Hs
1072AB Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 233 750
Address
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84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 355 875
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 284 500
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 287 500
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEC LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 588 216,86
Address
Kurfursten-anlage 36
69115 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)