Periodic Reporting for period 2 - mF2C (Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralized and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem)
Reporting period: 2018-07-01 to 2019-12-31
mF2C aims to close this gap providing a framework capable of managing resources and services in an optimal way. When put together, cloud and fog computing create a new stack of resources, referred to as Fog-to-Cloud (F2C), creating the need for a new, open, coordinated management ecosystem. To tackle those issues mF2C proposes an open, secure, decentralized, multi-stakeholder management framework, expected to set the foundations for a novel distributed system architecture.
Thus, the main goal is to design and develop a platform facilitating the efficient usage of resources, taking into consideration service requirements and user demands, in a paradigm shifting scenario combining cloud and fog computing. More in detail, mF2C can be decomposed in the following objectives:
- Manage a large, decentralized, heterogeneous, open, volatile, dynamic and non-trustable set of resources (from cloud to the edge of the network).
- Create new fog instances dynamically, facilitating their collaboration (resource sharing) with other fog instances, and associations with cloud computing systems through open interfaces and software compatibility.
- Offload computations, transparently and optimally to applications, between fog and cloud computing systems, reallocating both resources and services, as well as executing services in parallel.
- Enable efficient and cost-effective solutions, while expanding the scalability of businesses. Thus, developing new business models based on F2C solutions.
- Ensure interoperability by adopting standards and de-facto market standards.
IT-2 components have been fully developed and integrated. All the source code is licensing under open source schemes and public available in a GitHub repository.
From a non-technical perspective, the project has identified the most relevant standards that can be applied to its developments. The project has been also very active in dissemination: set up and continuous update of the project website and social media accounts, papers publication, training days and workshops organization. At the same time, the project has started several exploitation activities focused in individual exploitation in order to reach sustainability at the end of the project.
From a business perspective, the project has been very active understanding the market context and identifying potential barriers and obstacles for the adoption of its results. Furthermore, the work during the final period has been concentrated in positioning the project results.