Consortium Partners

The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), established in 2005, serves as the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain. The Centre hosts MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of the BSC-CNS is to research,  develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. The BSC-CNS not only strives to become a first-class research centre in supercomputing, but also in scientific fields that demand high performance computing resources such as the Life and Earth Sciences. Following this  approach, the BSCCNS has brought together a critical mass of top-notch researchers, high performance computing experts and cutting-edge supercomputing technologies in order to foster multidisciplinary scientific collaboration and innovation. The Computer Sciences Department of the BSC-CNS focuses on building upon currently available hardware and software technologies and adapting them to make efficient use of supercomputing infrastructures. At an international level, the BSC-CNS has already participated in an impressive number of activities. The BSC-CNS is particularly active in the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Commission.

Kinesense Ltd develops CCTV video search, analysis and reporting solutions for the law enforcement and security market. Specialising in cutting edge visual technology which enables the automatic detection of events in video, Kinesense’s solutions can help eliminate the time to watch and sift through hours of video for key events. The result is enormous savings in time and money during CCTV video investigations. As a result of working with Law enforcement agencies around the world, Kinesense has developed a comprehensive range of time saving video evidence management solutions.

Sintecs was formed in 2000 as an Electronic Design Service company specialized in high-speed board design and analyses. Since that time, Sintecs has been involved in the development of high-end products in several market segments like Industrial, Medical, Telecommunications, Aerospace, Defence, etc. With our projects, we have consistently pushed forward technology boundaries. Sintecs offers different solutions in the area of System-On-Modules development, Embedded system design and Electronic Design Services. We enable our customers to create better products that increase productivity, improve product quality, improve total cost of ownership (TCO) and provide environmental benefits.

Virtual Open Systems is an innovative, agile and dynamic start-up company operating in Linux, android, SMP virtualization and cloud computing software solutions. The company delivers most efficient software architectures products and services for heterogeneous embedded multi-core platforms that increase value to customers, helps them lower costs and reduce time to market while improving control, security and meeting new business requirements. The company’s market focus is on low-power HPC/Server, virtualization of accelerators, Networking and Automotive.
Virtual Open Systems role in dRedBox consists of designing and developing the following novel virtualization techniques:
Virtualization of remote peripherals

  • Enable virtual machines access to disaggregated memory
  • Support for memory ballooning over disaggregated memory

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Telefónica I+D (TID) is the main innovation catalyst inside the Telefónica Group, which is one of the world‘s largest telecom companies. Founded in 1988, it conducts applied investigation activities, conceptualizes new uses for communication and develops innovative products and services for the different businesses in the Group with the aim of strengthening the Group’s competitiveness through technological innovation. It is the most important private R&D company in Spain, in terms of both activities and resources and one of the main companies in terms of level of participation in European research projects in the ICT sector. It has facilities in Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Granada and Huesca and new subsidiaries has been created recently in Brazil and Mexico creating a network of centres of technological excellence that stretches far beyond the Spanish borders. It currently collaborates with technological leaders and numerous organisations in 34 different countries – among which more than 35 universities located in different parts of the world. It also participates in the most important international forums on technological know-how, thus creating one of the largest innovation ecosystems in the ICT sector. R&D activities focus on strengthening landline, mobile, multimedia and interactive telephone services, network management systems, operation and business support systems, and emerging ICT technologies.

Naudit HPCN is a technology-based startup created as a spin-off from two universities: Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) and Universidad Publica de Navara (UPNA). The founders are Full and Associate Professors at UAM and UPNA, PhD in Telecomunications and Informatics Engineering, with a large international experience (Fulbright scholars, UE funded research projects, USA DARPA program, etc). Its shareholders include both universities as well as Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) by way of Madrid Science Park (Parque Científico de Madrid, PCM) . Naudit’s mission is to become a reference in innovation, with network meassurement and quality certification solutions implying high accuracy, high performance, and complex statistical analysis, as well as efficiently applying supercomputing techniques to accelerating and optimising critical processes.

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)*, established in 1983, is the largest Greek State R&D Centre. FORTH hosts seven major Research Institutes. The Institute of Computer Science (ICS) has established an internationally acknowledged excellence in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, and providing services. CARV (Computer Architecture and VLSI Systems) has an 18-year experience in computer architecture, interconnection network architectures and communication protocols for high-performance compute and storage systems.

IBM Research Ireland was established in July 2010. The lab is one of 9 research laboratories located outside of the United States. In Ireland, 60 percent of the technical staff has a doctorate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, or a related field. R&D projects are being executed today in areas such as: a) HPC and Cloud infrastructures and system software, middleware, advanced frameworks and programming models/runtimes for data-intensive computing, b) Water Modelling, Prediction
and Control, including integration of multi-source real time data with predictive modelling for improved accuracy and lower complexity in Water Management, c) City Fabric, unifying software and systems platforms for integrated city operations, and others.

IBM is coordinating the project. IBM will also play a key role in design and demonstrating system/cloud and power management software for the dReDBox platform. Broader contributions will be also made to requirements specification and architecture design, as well as joining the entire consortium to vertical integration. As one of the value chain stakeholders, IBM will play a key role in facilitating exploitation planning of dReDBox results during and past project duration.

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The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. The excellent equipped Laboratories of the different Departments and Research Units have a number of well trained researchers to support them. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the EC.

University College London (UCL) is a member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities and boasts 29 Nobel prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students. Founded in 1826, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class, religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.The UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department (E&EE) is the first Electrical Engineering department in England and one of the leading UK Electronic Engineering departments, with an annual turnover of £18m and a current portfolio of research funding close to £12m. It hosts 45 academics including two Fellows of the Royal society (FRS) and five Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), four IEEE Fellows and 10 IET Fellows.Part of E&EE is the world leading Optical Network Group (ONG) that encompasses research across a range of fields including optical communications and networks for ICT relating to telecom as well as datacom systems and networks. ONG has strong world-wide industrial and academic collaborations. It is producing extensive number of top-rated publications in world leading journals and conferences. In particular, and relevant to this project, UCL ONG team pioneered research on programmable optical and reconfigurable computing systems for Data Centre and High Performance Computing applications.

Recently acquired by HUBER+SUHNER, Polatis is the leading supplier of high performance dynamic fibre-layer cross-connect solutions for software-defined network provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test, with over 4 billion port-hours accumulated in service worldwide. Dependable, field-proven DirectLight™ technology creates the industry’s broadest range of transparent, bidirectional, dark-fibre all-optical circuit switches, scaling from 4×4 to 384×384 fibre ports with typically 1dB optical loss. With carrier-class northbound interfaces that make it easy to integrate with SDN control planes, Polatis enables virtualisation of fibre layer connectivity in telecommunications, data centre, government, test and video networks. Polatis is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with manufacturing facilities located near Krakow, Poland. Over 90% of Polatis products are exported to customers outside the EU. For more information, please visit