Fog computing is emerging as a new paradigm for powering novel applications and services through the provisioning of a distributed computing infrastructure able to process data closer to users. Fog computing is a natural next step after cloud computing, as it provides substantial advantages in terms of scalability, interactivity and better usage of network resources. Major leaders in the ICT sector (like Cisco, Huawei, IBM etc.) are heavily investing into this innovation line, which is expected to have a major impact on several application domains, in much the same way the cloud is impacting them now.
In order for Europe to stay competitive in this domain, it is of utmost importance to nurture a generation of technology professionals, specifically trained on fog computing infrastructures and applications. This training is the focus of FogGuru, a project funded by the European Commission under the H2020 MSCA programme. FogGuru will deliver an industrial doctoral programme specifically focussed on fog computing.
“FogGuru will train talented PhD students in both Fog computing technologies and technical innovation and entrepeneurship”, says Erik Elmroth, Chief Scientist of Elastisys.
Two of these PhD students will be hired by Elastisys, focusing their research on intelligent automation of resource management. Two additional PhD students will spend over a year at Elastisys as part of the competence development.
“This is not only a great opportunity for talented young students but also a great opportunity for Elastisys to further push the forefront of their technology for cloud automation”, Erik continues.
The FogGuru project, which will last 4 years, is bringing together leading academic institutions (University of Rennes 1 (with the project coordinator Prof. Guillaume Pierre) and the Technical University of Berlin), high-tech SMEs (Elastisys from Sweden and U-Hopper from Italy), complemented by EIT Digital Rennes and the Valencia smart city living lab Las Naves.
“The key goal of MSCA European Industrial Doctorate programmes is to strengthen Europe’s human capital base in R&I with a new generation of more entrepreneurial and highly-skilled early career researchers. Fog computing is definitely a hot area in the ICT domain, and we are happy to see that FogGuru is tackling such a high-potential area with innovative training methodologies and programmes“, says Dr. Szymon Sroda, Project Advisor for the European Commission at REA.