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In-Network Programmability for next-generation personal cloUd service supporT

        

INPUT has been a research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program (Call H2020-ICT-2014-1, Grant no. 644672). The project, started in Juanuary 2015 and ended in December 2017, aimed at designing a novel infrastructure and paradigm to support Future Internet personal cloud services in a more scalable and sustainable way and with innovative added-value capabilities. The final design of the INPUT technologies can enable next-generation cloud applications to go beyond classical service models, and even to replace physical Smart Devices, usually placed in users’ homes (e.g., set-top-boxes, etc.) or deployed around for monitoring purposes (e.g., sensors), with their virtual images, providing them to users “as a Service.”

 

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N. Partner Name Nation
1 CNIT
2 Ericsson Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.
3 UBITECH
4 Dublin City University
5 HOP Ubiquitous S.L.
6 Infocom S.R.L.
7 COSMOTE
8 Telecom Italia S.p.A.
9 Julius-Maximilian's Universitaet Würzburg
     

Project Insights

To the best knowledge of this Consortium, the INPUT project has been the first Horizon 2020 action addressing the Edge/Fog Computing research topics. This early and cross-cutting project nature is confirmed also by the historical data on the Google web search engine reported in Figure 1. Moreover, the first introductory white paper on Edge Computing was published by the ETSI standardization body a few months later than the INPUT project proposal submission, and the first standards were released only in 2016 (approximately in the middle of the INPUT project life).

Figure 1. Interest on Google search engine according the last four years of the keywords “Edge Computing” and “Fog Computing” against the dates when the INPUT project has been submitted and it started. Source: Google Trends web portal (https://trends.google.com)

Owing such considerations, it is important to underline how the INPUT project did not aim to comprehensively cover such broad topics like Fog and Edge Computing. It rather focused, as clearly defined in its objectives in the “Description of the Action” document, to enable personal cloud services at the edge facilities of Telecommunication Operators.
Notwithstanding this adherence to the project’s official objectives, the INPUT Consortium continuously fed project activities with relevant concepts, technologies, and paradigms arising in Edge and Fog Computing, as well as in neighbouring (and highly related) areas, such as Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and 5G mobile networks.
The main outcome of this continuous feeding results in two main sets of contributions, both concurring to the achievement of the project objectives:

  • contributions directly related to the design, the development, and the validation of the INPUT platform;
  • indirect contributions to the core platform, which addressed particular mechanisms/aspects of technologies external to the project, useful to optimize or to make even more scalable and efficient the INPUT platform operations.

A mind map of the most original and innovative contributions/outcomes of the project against the overall platform architectural design is reported in Figure 2. In detail, this figure highlights the full coverage of the performed research and development activities versus the targeted architecture and related functionalities. The figure also pinpoints how the largest part of the project achievements had been integrated in the final demonstration pilot.

Figure. 2. Mapping of the INPUT main outcomes against the platform architecture. White boxes represent the outcomes integrated in the demonstration pilot, grey boxes the ones not implemented or implemented but not integrated in the final pilot.

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