975.000 EUR available for SMEs to develop and validate FLUIDOS Edge Processing Platform

The application process for the first FLUIDOS Open Call is now open with 975.000 EUR available for companies to develop technological extensions to the FLUIDOS edge processing platform and validate its existing functionality through new use cases. You can learn more about the Open Call through our webinar on 17 January 2024.

The project is offering two different types of grants:

  1. A Technology Extension Grant, for up to 75.000 EUR. This grant is available to SMEs who can develop new open-source functionalities or extend existing functionality of the FLUIDOS platform. This grant will be awarded to 5 entities.
  2. Use Case Grant, for up to 120.000 EUR. This grant is available to SMEs or small consortia (of max 3 entities) to test and validate the FLUIDOS architecture by incorporating their software on the platform or extending its use beyond the traditional domains that the project is working on (environment monitoring, mobility, and healthcare). This grant will be available to 5 entities.

The application process is managed via the DIGITAL SME platform, where more information, including the application template and guidelines for applicants, are available. The Call is open until 29 February 2024.

What is FLUIDOS?

FLUIDOS is a Horizon Europe consortium that is developing the platform to increase the efficiency rate of edge computing (via harnessing the processing power of inherent devices and continuum computing) to bridge the gap between the cloud and edge. More detailed technical information is available via the GitHub and White Paper.

Priority Areas

The project has identified several priority areas that applicants could focus on that will be viewed favorably by the evaluators:

Technology Extension Grants (TEG):

  • Privacy-preserving Node Telemetry: algorithms and technologies that can inform customers of activity within the FLUIDOS domain without disclosing sensitive information from the hosting domain (e.g., physical topology), while still allowing customers to infer how their services are performing.
  • Extension of the REAR protocol for generic resource negotiation and acquisition, such as VMs from a cloud hyperscaler and/or broader standardisation (e.g., within the GSMa).
  • Integration of authorisation/accounting features with the frameworks proposed for GaiaX, (e.g., clearing houses, federated deployments, etc.)
  • Exporting data centre information about energy/carbon footprint to enable global energy/carbon-based optimization strategies.

Use Cases Grants (UCG)

  • A consumer-oriented integrated management suite for FLUIDOS that exposes a functionally capable UI and API (This shall allow for the complete management of FLUIDOS nodes and domains.)
  • Enabling a scalable FLUIDOS-based orchestrator to control and update a large swarm of IoT devices.

How does the Open Call work?

To benefit from the grant, companies must apply via the portal. The application should detail the concept of its use case or technology extension and explain how it is innovative and will improve or extend the performance or functioning of the FLUIDOS platform.

If selected, the successful applicants are offered grants to cover 8 months. 50% of the funding is made available upfront, and the final 50% is paid at the successful conclusion of the sub-project. The grants are expected to begin in April 2024.

FLUIDOS Principles

FLUIDOS is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, scalable, and secure computing continuum, bridging the gap between edge and cloud computing. Building upon established Operating Systems and orchestration solutions such as Kubernetes, FLUIDOS aims to introduce a new layer of enriched functionality. This layer facilitates resource sharing through innovative advertisement and agreement procedures in the horizontal dimension while adopting hierarchical aggregation of nodes, inspired by the inter-domain routing principles employed on the Internet, to achieve vertical integration.

At the core of FLUIDOS’ vision is intent-based orchestration, which harnesses advanced AI algorithms to optimise costs and energy usage within the continuum. By promoting efficient utilisation of edge resources, FLUIDOS ensures seamless integration of computing power. The adoption of a Zero-Trust paradigm enables FLUIDOS to securely control and access geographically dispersed resources, while Trusted Platform Modules guarantee the safe deployment of applications and services.

FLUIDOS is guided by the following key objectives:

  1. Fluidify the Edge and Unify it with the Cloud: FLUIDOS aims to create a borderless, decentralized continuum that effortlessly combines edge and cloud computing. Through automatic, autonomous resource discovery and integration, this approach ensures a cohesive and cohesive computing environment.
  2. Move Gravity Outside Data Centers: By fostering a cross-provider, community-based computing, and service fabric, and leveraging open-source software, FLUIDOS reduces the dependency on centralised data centres. This approach encourages a collaborative approach and a more distributed computing landscape.
  3. Orchestrate Services and Hyper-Distributed Applications: FLUIDOS endeavours to orchestrate services and hyper-distributed applications seamlessly across multiple devices and domains. Leveraging energy-efficient AI learning algorithms and mobility/behaviour prediction and traffic forecasting training, FLUIDOS ensures optimal performance and resource utilisation.
  4. Introduce a Zero-Trust Paradigm: FLUIDOS is committed to establishing a secure and authenticated means of accessing geographically dispersed resources. This Zero-Trust paradigm provides a robust security framework, safeguarding the integrity of the computing continuum.
  5. Enable a Multi-Stakeholder Market of Edge Services and Apps: FLUIDOS seeks to nurture the growth of a diverse market for edge services and applications, independent of cloud providers. By fostering European digital autonomy, this approach encourages innovation and diversity within the computing ecosystem.

FLUIDOS Champions

Partners from the FLUIDOS consortium are available to discuss how companies can best apply for the grants, including validating sub-project concepts and technological compatibility. To benefit from this service, you can contact administrative@fluidos.eu to schedule a consultation.

For more information, you can contact James Philpot (j.philpot@digitalsme.eu) or Costanza Pestarino (c.pestarino@digitalsme.eu).

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