Building the European Cloud, Edge & IoT Continuum for business and research
As Europe invests in the development of Cloud, Edge & IoT (CEI) solutions, industry is struggling to adapt to the speed of technological change and the paradigm change that these technologies can bring.
OpenContinuum supports the cloud-edge-IoT domain by focusing on the supply side of the computing continuum landscape. Its goal is to foster European strategic autonomy and interoperability through an open ecosystem for the computing continuum, with open source and open standards as two key enablers to be supported and leveraged throughout the community. Such an ecosystem will contain R&I projects in the cloud-edge-IoT portfolio to be coordinated, the diverse community evolved from the current cloud and IoT ones, with the addition of actors, initiatives, and significant alliances. The supply-side nature of OpenContinuum’s agenda will orient the themes and focus of project activities but will not limit the scope of community building. The project’s active landscaping and engagement work will bring the cloud and IoT communities together and express all points of view with a common understanding. It will then provide guidance to European actors to contribute to and lead open-source projects and standardisation efforts.
Most data processing and analytics will soon take place at the end of the network – close to where the data is generated. This requires a shift from centralised computing to a Cloud-to-Edge-IoT (CEI) computing continuum. In this context, the EU-funded UNLOCK-CEI project will provide insights and guidance to Horizon Europe research projects in this domain. It aims to contribute to a proactive dialogue with the supply stakeholders and to promote the development of an open European CEI ecosystem. UNLOCK-CEI’s workplan is designed to provide early results to feed into the development of the Horizon Europe Work Programme (2023-24). The project will also focus on data governance issues.