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Managing the complexity of the open source infrastructure

Project description

Service and Software Architectures, Infrastructures and Engineering Software is everywhere. And it needs maintenance: upgrades, fixes, new versions... But how can you be sure that a software installation will not break something which was working previously? Did you ever install an upgrade on your PC, just to find out afterwards that something very important was not working anymore?
The problem is that there is no general way to know if a complex software package, with all its dependencies on obscure libraries, configuration files, hardware components or security setup, will work properly on a specific computer. I mean, there is no way to know it BEFORE actually installing it, and before finding out the hard way that it has destroyed something else.
MANCOOSI wants to find reliable solutions to this problem.
First of all, the project is studying a way to model accurately the installation process, in order to be able to know, without installing a piece of software, whether its installation will cause problems on a given configuration; this is not easy, and in complex cases can be a very difficult problem to solve. Understanding the theory behind the issue will allow the development of a new generation of tools, which will make software upgrading a simpler process for any user, not only for experienced computer wizards.
To test the theory, MANCOOSI is working on several versions of Linux, which are very complex pieces of software, and developing sophisticated optimization algorithms to find efficient upgrade paths – if you ever had to wait half an hour in front of a screen waiting for the "installation completed" message you know what I mean.
You can have a wonderful technology, but still something can go wrong. There will always be the possibility that the final result of the installation is not what the user really wanted; that's why MANCOOSI is also developing a "time machine", which will allow to bring your software system back to a previous state without further problems. It will be something similar to what is already available in some operating systems, but much more powerful: a tool to travel back to any moment in the past, restoring your system to a stable state with all the applications working exactly as they were at that time.
The MANCOOSI project is focused on Open Source software, but it is expected to deliver results which will be in principle applicable to any type of software. And since now many devices have some kind of software inside (telephones, cars, TVs, media players, washing machines, medical equipment, GPS …) we believe that MANCOOSI will have a big impact on the daily life of people, making software more robust, more reliable and user-friendly.
MANCOOSI project started on 31/01/2008, and is expected to deliver all its results by 31/01/2011.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development/software architecture
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7
Address
Rue Thomas Mann 5
75205 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 639 390
Administrative Contact
Roberto DI COSMO (Prof.)

Participants (12)

PIXART SRL
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 50 000
Address
Esmeralda
1035 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriel ORTIZ (M.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 329 460
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephanie Landrain (Mme)
UNIVERSITE DE NICE SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
France
EU contribution
€ 431 010
Address
Avenue Valrose 28 Grand Chateau
06100 Nice
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valérie HIZEBRY (Ms.)
COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 63 647
Address
Avenue De L Europe 17
92275 Bois Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian de Sainte Marie (Mr.)
EDGE-IT

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 371 459
Address
Bld Saint Martin
75003 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
THIERRY BOSSUT (Mr.)
ILOG

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 75 214
Address
Rue De Verdun
94250 Gentilly
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian De Sainte Marie (Dr)
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 230 100
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lea Pais (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 393 603
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Cavalli (M.)
INESC ID - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, INVESTIGACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO EM LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 260 910
Address
Rua Alves Redol 9
1000 029 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilda Ribeiro (Mrs)
CAIXA MAGICA SOFTWARE SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 478 580
Address
Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes Lote 1 4 B Edificio Espanha
1600 196 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vítor Garcia (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hélène FARADJI (Ms.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments