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Self-organizing ICT Resource Management

Self-organizing ICT Resource Management

Objective

During the last years, the costs for ICT infrastructures increased tremendously as a result of "one-application-one-platform" style deployment. This resulted in ICT infrastructures with extremely low system utilization and wasted resources. Examples can be found in virtually all areas of modern societies: One recent study of six corporate data centres reported that the bulk of their 1000 servers just utilized 10% to 35% of their available processing power. Another study estimated that the average capacity utilization rate of desktop computers is as low as 5%.

Furthermore overcapacity can not only be observed with respect to hardware, but also to software. Highly-scalable applications can serve additional users at almost no incremental costs - hence redundant installations of the same application create unnecessary costs.

In recent times, ICT is undergoing an inevitable shift from being an asset that companies posses to being a service that companies purchase from designated utility providers. This shift will take years to enfold, but the technical building blocks have already begun to take shape. On the coat tail of this shift, the business model of utility computing or equivalently e-Business on-demand is more and more emerging. This is where SORMA comes in to play. The objective of this project is the development of a platform that allows the dynamic trading of ICT resources "on-demand". This platform is supposed to not only support the trading itself, but also the fulfilment of purchased resources. The internal resource management becomes intransparent for the users, who no longer have to be concerned on which resources their jobs are being used as long as they are performed in scope and in time.

The trading of resources is deemed promising to achieve a more rigorous allocation of resources and, in summary, the project SORMA will provide the necessary tools to achieve this goal via the trading of ICT resources.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)

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Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Germany

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BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION

Spain

BETRIEBSWIRTSCHAFTLICHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER FRAGEN DER MITTELSTAENDISCHEN WIRTSCHAFT E. V. AN DER UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

CORRELATION SYSTEMS LTD

Israel

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM INFORMATIK AN DER UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE

Germany

SICS, SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AB

Sweden

SUN MICROSYSTEMS PTE LTD

Singapore

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA

Italy

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 034286

  • Start date

    1 August 2006

  • End date

    31 July 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 117 862

  • EU contribution

    € 2 700 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)

Germany