dsa-research Group Leads Activity on VM Management in Main EU-funded Initiative in Cloud Computing

RESERVOIR– Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers — is a 17-million-Euro EU-funded initiative in the first FP7 call for proposals for Objective 1.2 Software and Service Architectures, Engineering and Infrastructure. RESERVOIR is a joint research programme coordinated by IBM with 13 European partners: Elsag Datamat, CETIC, OGF.eeig standards organisation, SAP Research, Sun Microsystems, Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo, Thales, Umea University, University College of London, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Lugano and University of Messina. The kick-off of this 3-year project was held at IBM Haifa from February 5 to February 7.

The aim of RESERVOIR is to develop the infrastructure technology to support the setup and deployment of services on-demand, at competitive costs, across administrative domains, assuring quality of service. The project will develop new Grid and virtualization technologies that will help automate the fluctuating demand for resources in a cloud-computing environment. The three main technological activities in Reservoir cover: service management, Virtual Execution Environment management and provision, and Virtual Execution Environment infrastructure enablenment.

RESERVOIR will build on the notion of Virtual Execution Environment (VEE), an abstraction of an execution environment that will allow to develop a set of high level management components that are not tied to any specific environment. The project will investigate the applicability and limitations of specific implementations of VEEs, such as Virtual Machines (VMs) and Virtual Java Service Containers (VJSCs).

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The goals of Activity 3: Management of Virtual Execution Environments , led by the dsa-research group, are:

  • To enable dynamic deployment and reallocation of VEEs across physical resources.
  • To provide QoS resource reservation support.
  • To manage VEEs and their inner service tasks across administrative domains (i.e., multiple service sites or grid environments).

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