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Disaggregated Recursive Datacentre-in-a-Box

Objective

For all the superior features that low-power computing systems exhibit compared to conventional high-end server designs, there is a common design axiom that both technological trends are based on: the main-board and its hardware components form the baseline, monolithic building block that the rest of the hw/sw stack design builds upon. This proportionality of compute/memory/network/storage resources is fixed during design time and remains static throughout machine lifetime, with known ramifications in terms of low system resource utilization, costly upgrade cycles and degraded energy proportionality.
dReDBox takes on the challenge of revolutionizing the low-power computing market by breaking once and for all server boundaries through materialization of the concept of disaggregation. Through a highly modular software-defined architecture for the next generation datacentre, dRedBox will specify/design/prototype modular blocks for SoC-based microservers, memory and accelerators, interconnected via a high-speed, low-latency opto-electronic system fabric, and that can be allocated in arbitrary sets, as driven by fit-for-purpose resource/power management software. These blocks will employ state-of-the-art low-power components and be amenable to be deployed in various integration form factors and target scenarios.
dRedBox aims to deliver a full-fledged, vertically integrated datacentre-in-a-box prototype to showcase the superiority of disaggregation in terms of scalability, efficiency, reliability,performance and energy reduction. The prototype will be used as vehicle to demonstrate the value of dReDBox in 3 pilot use-cases stemming from three market segments: Security, Network Analytics and Telecom. With an industry-lead consortium comprising top academic experts too, dReDBox is in the best position to generate significant impact with its game-changing approach and contribute to Europe maintaining its leading innovation and market position in low-power advanced computing.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

IBM IRELAND LIMITED
Address
Ibm House, Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4 Ballsbridge
Ireland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 101 412

Participants (11)

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 778 684,68
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 907,19
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 492 963
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINTECS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 046 273,69
Address
Lansinkesweg 4
7553 AE Hengelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 526 098,75
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 139 301
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)
KINESENSE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 310 796,25
Address
Merrion Square 79
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NAUDIT HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING AND NETWORKING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 199 559
Address
Calle Einstein 13 1A Planta Campus De Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIRTUAL OPEN SYSTEMS
France
EU contribution
€ 660 541,50
Address
17 Rue Lakanal
38000 Grenoble
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUBER+SUHNER POLATIS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 404 558,25
Address
Milton Road 332 Cambridge Science Park
CB4 0WN Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 686 404,69
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments