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19. 12. 12
HLRS Participates in European Initiative to Bridge Clouds


Together with 13 European partners, HLRS has launched a major research initiative called PaaSage in order to develop an open and integrated platform to support model based lifecycle management of Cloud applications. PaaSage is coordinated by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics.

As of today, Cloud solutions are still insufficient and in particular require a high level of expertise on the part of the developer and the provider to properly exploit the capabilities offered by Cloud technologies. Cloud infrastructures are not standardized and porting an existing application to a Cloud platform is still a very challenging task, leading to a strong interdependence between the client application and the Cloud platform. Developing once and deploying on many Clouds is not a viable proposition as things stand.

This is the challenge that the PaaSage consortium will address.

PaaSage will deliver an open and integrated platform to support both design and deployment of Cloud applications, together with an accompanying methodology that allows model-based development, configuration, optimisation, and deployment of existing and new applications independently of the existing underlying Cloud infrastructures. 

 “PaaSage will provide the relevant means to significantly improve programmability, usability and performance of Clouds beyond current state of the art approaches”, says Keith G Jeffery, scientific coordinator of the project.

“We have to admit that European industry is lagging behind in business creation and development on basis of Cloud computing technologies”, adds Pierre Guisset, project coordinator, “Our objective with PaaSage is to develop the tools that will enable European small and large businesses to take a leading position in exploiting Clouds”.

Lutz Schubert, PaaSage project manager at HLRS, explains: “Typically a business will be developing its in-house server cluster to an in-house Cloud to obtain benefits of elasticity and eco-friendliness. However, when elasticity needs to extend beyond the in-house environment to a public cloud there are interoperability problems and provider proprietary solution constraints.  These will be overcome by PaaSage”.

About PaaSage

PaaSage is a collaborative research project co-funded under the ICT theme of the 7th framework programme (FP7) of the European Union.  The total investment amounts €8.4m of which €6.3m is funded by the European Union. 

In particular, PaaSage addresses the findings highlighted by the Commission’s Cloud Computing Expert Working Group (for further information, please see here). 

About ERCIM GEIE

ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative initiatives within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading European research institutes are members of ERCIM. ERCIM is based in Sophia Antipolis, France. 

About HLRS

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) of University Stuttgart is one of the three German supercomputer institutions forming the national Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. HLRS supports German and pan-European researchers as well as industrial users with leading edge supercomputing technology. HLRS’s HPC system Hermit is the No. 1 supercomputer world-wide used for industrial science and research activities (TOP500, Nov. 2012, sub-list “industry”). 

For more information

http://www.paasage.eu/

http://www.ercim.eu/

Pierre Guisset

+32 4 9686 9019

pierre.guisset@ercim.eu

Tom Williamson

+33 4 9238 5072

tom.williamson@ercim.eu

Keith G Jeffery

+44 1235 44 6103

keith.jeffery@stfc.ac.uk

Michael M. Resch

+49 711 685-87269

resch@hlrs.de