Current Projects



 

Towards an Open, Secure, Decentralized and Coordinated Fog-to-Cloud Management Ecosystem (mF2C)

 

Researchers: Xavi Masip, Eva Marín, Jordi Garcia, Ester Simó, Sergi Sánchez, Alejandro Gómez, Vitor Barbosa and Sarang Kahvazadeh

Duration of the Project: from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2019

Consortium: ATOS SPAIN SA, UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG, INTEL RESERACH AND DEVELOPMENT IRELAND, BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER, WORLDSENSING Limited, XLAB, SIXSQ, TISCALI AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL.

 

Fog computing brings cloud computing capabilities closer to the end-device and users, while enabling location-dependent resource allocation, low latency services, and extending significantly the IoT services portfolio as well as market and business opportunities in the cloud sector. With the number of devices exponentially growing globally, new cloud and fog models are expected to emerge, paving the way for shared, collaborative, extensible mobile, volatile and dynamic compute, storage and network infrastructure. When put together, cloud and fog computing create a new stack of resources, which we refer to as Fog-to-Cloud (F2C), creating the need for a new, open and coordinated management ecosystem. The mF2C proposal sets the goal of designing an open, secure, decentralized, multi-stakeholder management framework, including novel programming models, privacy and security, data storage techniques, service creation, brokerage solutions, SLA policies, and resource orchestration methods. The proposed framework is expected to set the foundations for a novel distributed system architecture, developing a proof-of-concept system and platform, to be tested and validated in real-world use cases, as envisioned by the industrial partners in the consortium with significant interest in rapid innovation in the cloud computing sector

 

 


 

 

Enhancing Critical Infrastructure Protection with innovative SECurity framework (CIPSEC)

 

Researchers: Xavi Masip, Eva Marín, Sergi Sánchez, Jordi Garcia, Sarang Kahvazadeh and Alejandro Jurnet

Duration of the Project: from 1 May 2016 until 30 April 2019

Consortium: ATOS SPAIN SA, WORLDSENSING Limited, UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS, CONSORZIO PER IL SISTEMA INFORMATIVO (CSI PIEMONTE), UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA, FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS, TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT, DB Netz AG, HOSPITAL CLINIC I PROVINCIAL DE BARCELONA, Comsec Global LTD, BITDEFENDER SRL, AEGIS IT RESEARCH LTD.

 

CIPSEC project is an integral part of the “Digital Security: Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust” programme and addresses the issue related to improving the level of security and reliability of Critical Infrastructure Operational Technology and Networks in harmony with today Standards, while proposing innovative security methods. The main aim of CIPSEC is to create a unified security framework that orchestrates state-of-the-art heterogeneous security products to offer high levels of protection in IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) departments of Critical Infrastructures. As part of this framework CIPSEC will offer a complete security ecosystem of additional services that can support the proposed technical solutions to work reliably and at professional quality. These services include vulnerability tests and recommendations, CI technicians training courses, public-private partnerships (PPPs) for advanced contingency plan, forensic analysis, preliminary certification, and protection against cascading effects. All solutions and services will be validated in three pilots performed in three different CI environments (application domain: transportation, health and environment monitoring).

  


  

 

GESTION DE UNA ARQUITECTURA CLOUD JERARQUICA PARA ESCENARIOS IOT: FOGGING CLOUD (GUAU)

TEC2015-66220-R

 

Researchers: Xavi Masip, Eva Marín, Sergi Sánchez , Albert Alonso Beltrán, Jordi Garcia, Wilson Ramírez, Nadine Janet Kubesh, Vitor Barbosa, Alejandro Gómez, Amir Sianeepourfard, Sarang Kahvazadeh

Duration of the Project: from January 2016 until December 2018 


In the recent years the Internet evolution has undergone a remarkable and unstoppable change of trend, rooted on three main pillars, new technologies (cloud computing, SDN, NFV, etc.), broad connectivity (3G/4G, VANET, etc.), and the wide deployment of smart edge devices (smart phones, sensors, wearables, etc.), all setting the main concept for the Internet of Things (IoT), also encompassing scenarios such as smart cities, ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) or e-health. The main IoT objective, also becoming its main characteristic, focuses on the development of new services, with a high societal impact, leveraging the huge deployment of smart devices embedding reasonable data procesing capacities. Indeed, the capacity to produce and collect data (big/open data) along with IoT concepts, enables and fosters the development of the envisioned new services, but also imposes strong network and performance constraints, such as low latency and high security, all necessary to run the demanded features inherent to these services, such as dependeability in e-health or real time in traffic control in ITS. The fog computing concept recently came up aiming at nearing the cloud capacities to the edge, what definitely paves the way to meet the required network and performance constraints, reducing network load, reducing latency and easing security guarantees. Its development is the rationale for its success since it boils down to adding traditional cloud capacities (viz. storage, network and processing) to elements either existing or not (e.g., traffic lights and streetlights in smart cities or cars and trains in ITS), hence setting the possibility to generate multiple fog levels, vertically scaling up till reaching out to the cloud. However, fog does not exclude cloud, rather it complements and optimizes cloud performance, so as those services that cannot be implemented in the lower fog level (lack of processing or storage capacities), will keep demanding higher fog levels or cloud, and those services requiring specific fog skills (low latency, security) may run close to the edge device. Thus, a hierarchical vertical and horizontal cloud structure is set, from the edge device to the traditional cloud level. This hierarchical architecture is requiring efforts to design a novel management strategy responsible for orchestrating the set of services to be (in a distributed and parallel way) implemented at different fog/cloud levels. Moreover, crucial issues in fog computing, such as volatility, dynamicity, security, mobility, connectivity, new business models, energy efficiency, etc., must also play a key role in the definition of such management strategy.
The GUAU Project proposes the design of a management strategy for a hierarchical cloud architecture that encompasses different fog and cloud levels, all vertically and transversally coordinated, supporting main foundations (e.g. security, privacy, mobility and energy efficiency) for optimizing services deployment in IoT scenarios. The Project will focus on three smart scenarios, namely e-health, ITS and smart cities, assuming the deployment of fog capacities on these scenarios and its utilization to ease the deployment and execution of the desired
services.

 


 

 

 "Elastic Networks: Nuevos paradigmas de redes elásticas para un mundo radicalmente basado en Cloud y Fog computing" TEC2015-71932-REDT

 

Researchers: Xavi Masip, Sergi Sánchez , Eva Marín, Jordi Garcia, Wilson Ramírez, Ghazal Tashakor, Vitor Barbosa, Amir Sinaeepourfard

Duration of the Project: from October 2015 until Septembre 2017

Consortium: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid,  Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya, Universitat de Girona, Universidad Antonio Nebrija, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad de Valladolid

Responsable: David Larrabeiti (UC3M)

Nº investigadores: +20

ElasticNetworks se centra precisamente en resolver el problema tecnológico que supone construir una red que permita basar la vida de los ciudadanos en la conectividad con la nube(Cloud) o con el entorno (Fog)