European Union (Seventh Framework Programme)
The EU project CACTOS aims at investigating how the deployment of services on cloud infrastructures can be optimized so that data centre operators can run cloud-based applications on top of current and future heterogeneous hardware as efficient as possible. The consortium of the €4.5 million EU project CACTOS consists of leading organisations and universities from Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Therefore, researchers from FZI and other leading organisations will develop a toolkit enabling data centre operators to analyse and simulate the behaviour of cloud applications in order to adapt cloud infrastructures to different pre-planned scenarios. In the end, the CACTOS toolkit will allow trade-off decisions taking into account the performance of all running applications as well as the overall energy consumption.
Within the project, researchers from FZI aim at supporting cloud developers and cloud operators to build and run cloud applications that meet various performance and reliability requirements. For this purpose, FZI is responsible for integrating cloud analysis and simulation tools into a common CACTOS tooling platform supposed to support developers and cloud operators in analysing and optimizing the quality of cloud applications, heterogeneous cloud infrastructure setups, cloud topologies, and the deployment of applications on top of such infrastructures. Currently, there is no such integrated tooling facilitating optimizations for robust and responsive cloud applications and taking into account the current resource consumption as well as pre-planned workload trends. This is in line with FZI’s research on software architecture quality analysis and continuous transfer for industrial use.