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PIF: Programmable Infrastructure

IV-e (e-Infrastructure Virtualization for e-Science Applications)


The goal of WP2 is to give e-Science the capacity to continuously adapt the service of the network and computing resources for an optimal performance of specific virtual laboratory experiments.

WP2 addresses the research question R2: How to program and tune instrument and network resources to realize a functional and sustainable virtual laboratory, with respect to functionality, robustness, predictable and knowable performance and collective behavior?

WP2 applies and extends recent developments in the semantic definition and the programming of distributed systems behavior with respect of network and computational resource usage, which includes the manipulation of network and computing topologies.


WP2 has the following activities:

  • A1) develops algorithms for automatic multi-scale ICT optimization,
  • A2) results in architectures and implementations for multi-scale ICT optimization facilities, and
  • A3) creates a domain specific language (DSL) with which the temporal optimization of the behavior (service) of network and computing resources (e.g. topology, capacity) is programmed.
  • A4) creates e-Science workflows that program the behavior of the ICT resources to facilitate an optimal performance of instruments and the e-Science ICT environment itself.

Activities A1 and A2 will result also in a PhD thesis, as well as activities A3 and A4. Part of A4 is the dissemination of the results in the ‘Early warning system for dike failures’ as developed by the IJkdijk Foundation and the UrbanFlood FP7 project where the sensor network, the sensor telecommunication network and the computational infrastructure are resources whose capacities continuously have to match demand. This workpackage relates to P5-WP4 and close collaboration is expected.

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