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The unstoppable proliferation of novel computing and sensing device technologies, and the ever-growing demand for data-intensive applications in the edge and cloud, are driving a paradigm shift in computing around dynamic, intelligent and yet seamless interconnection of IoT, edge and cloud resources, in one single computing system to form a continuum. Many research initiatives have focused on deploying a sort of management plane intended to properly manage the continuum. Simultaneously, several solutions exist aimed at managing edge and cloud systems through not suitably addressing the whole continuum challenges though. The next step is, with no doubt, the design of an extended, open, secure, trustable, adaptable, technology agnostic and much more complete management strategy, covering the full continuum, i.e. IoT-to-edge-to-cloud, with a clear focus on the network connecting the whole stack, leveraging off-the- shell technologies (e.g., AI, data, etc.), but also open to accommodate novel services as technology progress goes on. The ICOS project aims at covering the set of challenges coming up when addressing this continuum paradigm, proposing an approach embedding a well- defined set of functionalities, ending up in the definition of an IoT2cloud Operating System (ICOS). Indeed, the main objective of the project ICOS is to design, develop and validate a meta operating system for a continuum, by addressing the challenges of: i) devices volatility and heterogeneity, continuum infrastructure virtualisation and diverse network connectivity; ii) optimised and scalable service execution and performance, as well as resources consumptions, including power consumption; iii) guaranteed trust, security and privacy, and; iv) reduction of integration costs and effective mitigation of cloud provider lock-in effects, in a data-driven system built upon the principles of openness, adaptability, data sharing and a future edge market scenario for services and data.

NCSRD is leading Task2.1 on technology radar and survey. Also contributes on the following technical activities
  • Requirements definition, architectural design, technology radar. This activity will detail the system architecture and survey the current state of the art and beyond technologies related to the project scope (Metaoperating System for Cloud Continuum).
  • Design and Implementation of the Meta-Kernel Layer Model. This is an development and implementation activity for the main component of the meta-operating system. NCSRD will contribute in the development and implementation of i) cloud continuum manager and ii) APIs and interfaces. Finally NCSRD will contribute in the delivery of the integrated meta-kernel. The activities will be based on clean slate developments with no NCSRD background being used.
  • Development of the Intelligence Layer, Security Layer and Data Management Modules.  NCSRD mostly focuses his efforts on Security Layer implementation and its integration APIs.
  • Integration toward the ICOS PoC. This activity has two parts i) the integration of the whole ICOS platform/system and ii)the validation of ICOS towards the Proof of Concepts. NCSRD will work on the integration of the system prior to installations on the PoC sites and the system validation.
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