Convergence between EU & BR interest in policies in clouds, the federation of clouds, governmental clouds and the increasing relevance of industry and data science clouds were key take-away messages for the EUBra-BIGSEA initiative present at the Workshop on Cloud Networks and Cloudscape Brazil 2016, both organised in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the 6 & 7 July 2016 .
Co-located with the annual conference of the Brazilian Computing Society (CSBC), the two events highlighted how the new EU-Brazil projects now have the opportunity and the challenge to pave the way forward and capitalise on this growing interest.
EUBra-BIGSEA with its multiple research and academic & SME partners from both regions played a key role during stimulating discussions around the fundamental advances in cloud computing and cutting-edge technologies, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT), actively participating in the moderation of several sessions and round tables, as well as presenting early results of the project.
Ignacio Blanquer, the EU coordinator of the EUBra-BIGSEA project & associate professor of the Computer System Department at UPV, Spain, highlighted the positive impact of the discussions and the key role played by on-going and previous EU-Brazil research collaboration initiatives such as EUBra-BIGSEA:
“It is very encouraging to see that assets from past projects, such as fogbow developed in the framework of the EUBrazilCC project, are being adopted” – mentioned as one of the outcomes of the Cloudscape Brazil Session on Cloud federation & Open Science Cloud at cross-regional level he chaired.
Blanquer gave a talk during the WCN Technical session and emphasized the consolidated synergies between researchers and scientists across the Atlantic:
“During the Workshop of Cloud Networks I have also observed common technical goals for European and Brazilian researchers, especially in security and execution performance predictability, which constitute major topics in current EU-Brazil coordinated calls, and demonstrated the maturity and interest of such coordinated calls."
The 4th EU & BR 2017 coordinated call on cloud computing opens in Autumn 2016, with one of the topics focusing on cloud computing and on creating new opportunities for the engagement of industry, both large enterprises as well as SMEs, committed to taking research results to market. In light of this, EUBra-BIGSEA will offer a best practice case as its user scenario on connected societies has a high social and business impact of interest to European and Brazilian cities and urban planning policies. EUBra-BIGSEA will develop Big Data analytics tools and programming models for Big Data applications on top of Quality of Service (QoS)-aware clouds. The technical details are discussed in the position paper submitted at CloudscapeBrazil 2016 providing insights on the solutions and commitment to strengthening competitiveness and addressing global challenges via international collaboration. The technical achievements will serve as building blocks to develop innovative cloud services with potential market opportunities.
The EUBra-BIGSEA European and Brazilian coordinators, Ignacio Blanquer and Wagner Meira, also joined the CloudscapeBrazil closing session discussion panel: Towards a EU-Brazil Open Science Cloud environment & future directions for 2017 discussing further about the Open Science cloud environment as one of the catalysts for the future scientific and economic development in the two regions. Wagner concluded:
“Collaboration between Brazil and Europe, through sharing expertise on both sides, has been instrumental in developing sophisticated computing technology. Our goal, in EUBra-BIGSEA, is to deliver a success story for fast-track innovation in Big Data analytics showing how it will ultimately improve everyday life for citizens.”
For more information on the WCN & Cloudscape Brazil 2016 visit eubrasilcloudforum.eu/wcn-cloudscape-brazil-2016-csbc-2016-porto-alegre-rs-brasil
The full event report is available at eubrasilcloudforum.eu/blog/industry-engagement-legal-and-security-aspects-cloud-federation-wcn-cloudscape-brazil-2016-post