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A Common Code Base and Toolkit for Deployment of Applications to Secure and Reliable Virtual Execution Environments

Objective

Quickly developing, upgrading and deploying applications is the core function of the software and IT industry, often achieved through running software on shared hardware (e.g., on data centers) in order to reduce costs and improve profitability. At this point however, the software world appears stuck with inherently insecure and not-so-efficient lightweight virtualization (e.g., containers), because virtual machines are deemed too expensive to use in many scenarios. Unikernels, extremely lightweight VMs, seem like a step towards a solution, but their overwhelming development time and costs hinder their use in real-world settings. Unicore will challenge this status quo by enabling software developers to easily build and quickly deploy lightweight, secure and verifiable images (which we call unikernels) starting from existing applications. Unicore will create a common code base from which to build unikernels, and develop tools that will make the creation of such unikernels as easy as compiling an app for an existing OS, which will enable EU players to lead the next generation of cloud computing services and technology. Such tools will also allow for the creation of lean, efficient operating systems that would be perfectly suitable for resource-constrained devices settings such as IoT. Through its industry-led consortium and its top-notch academic partners, Unicore will ensure exploitation of its technical results through the implementation and operational deployment of multiple use cases. Unicore addresses the work programme’s goals by (1) providing a common code base and tools for code reusability, (2) by developing tools for verification and validation of the generated software, (3) through transparently handling of cross-platform dependencies and by (4) accelerating the full software lifecycle by fully automating several of its stages.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software/operating systems

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest
Romania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 367 850

Participants (11)

NEC LABORATORIES EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 551 588
Address
Kurfursten-anlage 36
69115 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 414 375
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 623 000
Address
94 Derech Em-hamoshavot
49527 Petach Tikva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSORCI DE SERVEIS UNIVERSITARIS DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 370 000
Address
Calle Del Gran Capita 2 Nexus Building
03034 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 436 512
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACCELLERAN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 319 375
Address
Heerstraat 12
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 270 570
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEXTWORKS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 150
Address
Via Livornese 1027
56122 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKINOPS FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 363 877
Address
13 Avenue Morane Saulnier Le Chavez
78140 Velizy-villacoublay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CORRECT NETWORKS SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 123 375
Address
Intrarea Ezareni Nr. 10, Camera 1, Ap. 2
010258 Bucuresti Sector 1
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ORANGE ROMANIA SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 233 625
Address
Bulevardul Lascar Catargiu 51-53 Sector 1
010665 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)