The EU-funded PHYSICS project is empowering European cloud service providers to leverage cutting-edge, scalable and cost-effective cloud models, such as function-as-a-service (FaaS) ones, operated across multiple hardware types, locations, edge computing nodes and multi-cloud resources.
The project will apply a vertical solution consisting of a cloud design environment enabling the design of visual workflows and an optimised platform-level FaaS. A back-end optimisation toolkit should enable cloud service providers to enhance baseline resource performance, tackling issues such as cold-start problems, multitenant interference and data locality. The project's outcomes will be validated in three applications – eHealth, agriculture and manufacturing-.
The Orchestrator of FaaS will be in charge of the lifecycle management of applications, as workflows of functions, and functions deployed and operating in multiple cloud and edge infrastructures potentially located in different regions and/or availability zones, with different resource (IaaS) and service (PaaS) catalogs. This lifecycle management will implement operations like deploy, start, stop, un-deploy functions and applications.
ARI also participates in the exploitation of PHYSICS results.