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What is the estimated number of trips I should budget for?

posted 23 Feb 2012, 02:28 by Julia W   [ updated 23 Feb 2012, 02:28 by Michael Boniface ]

For experiments, we estimate 5 trips (3 internal project meetings and 2 official reviews) 
For Cloud Providers, additionally there may be another 1-2 focussed technical meetings for 6-7 total (4-5 internal project meetings and 2 official reviews)

Provisional schedule would be as follows: 
  • September 2012: participation at project plenary / inclusion of new partners into the project. 
  • January 2013: Period 2 review (through November 2012 – and so covering initial 3 months start-up of activities of experiments and cloud provider.
  • Spring 2013: technical meeting / project plenary
  • September/ October 2013: participation at project plenary
  • Final review: January 2014 (travel expenses can be charged to the project)
Additional technical meetings with Cloud Provider participation as scheduled as needed for project progress


How many partners should participate for integration of a cloud infrastructure provider?

posted 1 Feb 2012, 03:17 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 1 Feb 2012, 03:17 by Michael Boniface ]

We foresee the participation of one company, i.e. a cloud infrastructure provider.

What is the available funding as a cloud infrastructure provider?

posted 1 Feb 2012, 03:16 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 1 Feb 2012, 03:16 by Michael Boniface ]

100.000 (max) are allocated for the inclusion of a Cloud provider.

Who can apply for conducting Open Call experiments on BonFIRE?

posted 1 Feb 2012, 03:11 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 1 Feb 2012, 03:11 by Michael Boniface ]

The profile of organizations is both academics and companies active in the ‘service research’ domain that need to run experiments to further test,  consolidate or optimize their service platform, software services or tools that can be encapsulated in a set of VMs.

The rules of participation are the same as for any FP7 project.  We foresee to have typically one, maximum two participant organizations per experiment.

The activities to be carried out in the experiment related to this call are the following: 

  • Design an experiment and explain the motivation
  • Plan and deploy the concrete tests about the overall experiment on the BonFIRE infrastructure
  • Define the metrics and check monitoring data, preferably using the BonFIRE monitoring facilities
  • Support the rest of the technical activities in the project, by providing feedback about the use of the facility and proposing key strategic functionalities that would be interesting to include in the facility in future versions
  • Prepare a show case about the experiment that can be used for dissemination purposes
  • Report the necessary effort and costs according to FP7 rules and management practices requested by the Coordinator.
A general Gantt diagram for experiment is presented in Annex II of the call announcement. Each experiment can adapt the plan to their particular needs, although the time line and the structure of tasks will be synchronized across the selected experiments. The duration of a proposed experiment should be less than 12 months covering all phases. We expect that new partners join the BonFIRE consortium and start their activities in September 2012.

Who can apply for integration as a cloud infrastructure provider in the context of this Open Call?

posted 1 Feb 2012, 03:08 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 1 Feb 2012, 03:08 by Michael Boniface ]

The profile of the company we are looking to engage with is a private/public cloud infrastructure provider with access to their own platform and the ability to support the creation of a new BonFIRE site on its infrastructure.

The rules of participation are the same as for any FP7 project.

What are the requirements for the Cloud infrastructure provider?

posted 1 Feb 2012, 02:52 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 1 Feb 2012, 02:52 by Michael Boniface ]

The successful candidate will give access to their platform via programmable APIs and web-based interfaces and have enough capacity to host a lab-like project environment. The requested capacity to be dedicated to BonFIRE is in the region of 8 to 16 nodes x 4 cores (3GHz) 8 GB RAM and 2-3 Tb SAN.

The new provider should expose access to their resources by means of the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) to be accessed from the BonFIRE Resource Manager and become an additional BonFIRE site.

On the other hand, as another type of test, it will also have the install the BonFIRE stack (Resource Manager and Portal). The provider should be able to analyze and report back on issues raised and deployment errors that might be encountered within the work of the project.

The activities to be carried out in the project related to this call are the following:

  • Provide access to their platform via programmable API (OCCI-based) and other web interfaces.
  • Provision a dedicated lab-like project environment where experiments can be deployed.
  • Provision normal operational support for this environment.
  • Install and run the BonFIRE Resource Manager and Portal in its environment in order to validate the project developments (Proof of Concept).
  • Support the technical and business activities in the project, by:
    • Contribution to general project requirements from a commercial point of view.
    • Contribution to identification of the business potential of the project’s experimental testing services in the cloud, also including the analysis of its own business.
  • Report the necessary effort and costs according to FP7 rules and management practices requested by the Coordinator.

How many experiments does the project expect to fund?

posted 26 Jan 2012, 09:38 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 26 Jan 2012, 10:02 by Michael Boniface ]

Up to 4 experiments will be funded in the second open call.

How many partners should participate in an experiment?

posted 26 Jan 2012, 09:37 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 26 Jan 2012, 09:37 by Michael Boniface ]

We foresee the participation of normally one, maximum two organizations per experiment.

What is the available funding per experiment?

posted 26 Jan 2012, 09:34 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 26 Jan 2012, 09:34 by Michael Boniface ]

The estimated total Commission funding available per experiment is €100.000-150.000(max).

What language should the proposal be submitted in?

posted 26 Jan 2012, 09:32 by Vegard Engen   [ updated 26 Jan 2012, 09:33 by Michael Boniface ]

Proposals should be submitted in English.

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