Highlights from the Horizon Cloud Technical Community Event: Unleashing the Potential of Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing in Europe

On 29th of September 2021, the HORIZON CLOUD initiative organised its Technical Community event on the topic “Unleashing the Potential of Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing in Europe”. The workshop was organised with the support of the European cloud computing Research and Innovation projects, RAINBOW and PLEDGER. Under the technical community events the umbrella projects (European cloud computing RIAs) are given the opportunity to share their results or results from cross project collaboration.

This workshop was opened by Dr. Federico Facca, CTO Martel Innovate and Coordinator of the H-CLOUD project (the CSA for European cloud computing projects). The brief introduction was followed by an introduction to the RAINBOW and PLEDGER projects by their respective coordinators.

Connectedness has grown up in the last year with the increased usage of smart devices now integrated in citizens daily life. This IoT digital mesh has split traditional edge approaches into three different concepts: near, far and data centre edges. The situation is highlighting, even more, the need of improved control planes to manage several different resources offloading in multiple ways, and not only on an edge to cloud bidirectional approach.

In this context, in the first part of the workshop, PLEDGER project provided the first steps for an intelligent resource management, benchmarking infrastructure providers and taking deployment decisions based not only on availability. PLEDGER project presented its approach for solving current and future challenges. Francesco Iadanza, Engineering, presented the progress and challenges of resource optimisation on the edge within the PLEDGER project. Then Ioannis Sarris, INTRASOFT International, presented the edge-to-cloud ingestion of data in industrial IoT. Following, Antonio Castillo Nieto, Atos Research and Innovation, presented about discovering, managing and meta-orchestrating of resources and finally Estela Carmona, i2CAT, presented the cross-domain network slicing and its orchestration.

The second part of the workshop included findings from the RAINBOW project. With IoT now present at our homes, work and daily routines, the number of connected devices and IoT generated data are rapidly exploding putting higher demands on the cloud services especially for mission critical applications. Fog computing fills the gap between the edge and the datacenter, broadening the range of options as to where to execute analytics, further reducing the amount of data transferred across networks and facilitating collaboration between edge devices.

RAINBOW project aspires to enable fog computing to reach its true potential by providing the deployment, orchestration, network fabric and data management for scalable and secure edge applications. Dr. Panagiotis Gouvas, R&D Director of UBITECH & Technical Coordinator of the RAINBOW project demonstrated the advanced features included in the first release of its fog computing platform and finally Moysis Symeonidis, Research & PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Internet Computing, University of Cyprus presented an inside view on the platform’s approach for pushing “intelligence” to the network edge with in-place data management and fog analytics services. The workshop concluded with an interactive round of questions and answers.

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