Novel approaches and technologies for Cloud resource and service management (NATRES)


Former named New Approaches for Infrastructure Services


The cluster intends to be a forum for discussing the current research and innovation challenges encountered at infrastructure-as-a-service level generated by the desire to improve the user experiences and the efficient use of the available resources. The current trends are including the integration of special devices from high performance computing ones to mobile devices, the design of decentralised service-oriented systems, the improvement of the virtualization technologies, the overcome of portability and interoperability issues, or the automation the organisation and management of the back-end resources. Cloud-based applications from the fields of Internet-of-Things and Big Data are expected to challenge the new services.


  1.  define a map of the challenges related to the group topics  that have been/are tackled by the projects and of the solution approaches that have been/are taken
  2. identify complementarities and synergies as well as possibilities for collaboration/results adoptions between projects, including common standardization bodies to be in contact with
  3. identify new challenges to influence the new research agendas by providing recommendations
  4. organisation of common dissemination actions like
    • common publications (books, articles, white papers, newsletters) using the maps defined above and describing the current projects and the challenges for future research
    • trainings and workshops

Public documents

    1. Map-of-Challenges (October 2015)
    2. Recommendations for the WP18-19 of H2020-ICT based on the a questionnaire and the answers to it (December 2015), available also on EC News site
    3. NATRES flyer (March 2016)
    4. White paper (April 2016)
    5. Report-NATRES (August 2016)
    6. Special issue in SCPE (October 2016)

Activity organisation

  • volunteer enrollment in the working group of 1-2 representatives of the projects
  •  meetings:
    1. monthly meetings in teleconference
    2. bi-annually face-to-face meetings with the occasion of important events (e.g. ICT 2015, CloudForward 2015/2016, )

 Timeline (for the near horizon of 1.5 year)

  • 19 Jun 2015: membership established
  • 7 Jul 2015: first teleconference (repeated each month)
  • 10 Jul 2015: document – strategy and means for collaborations
  • 21-22 Sep 2015: face-to-face meeting in the frame of MICAS 2015
  • 30 Sep 2015: document – map of challenges (publicly available in 4 Oct)
  • 7 Oct 2015: face-to-face meeting and dissemination of the map of challenges at Cloud Forward 2015
  • 7 Nov 2015: form for consultation about the WP18/19 directions (available here)
  • 24 Dec  2015: document – recommendations for WP18/19
  • 6 March 2016: document – white paper version 1.0
  • 17 April 2016: document – white paper version 2.0
  • 19 April 2016: booth and face-to-face meeting at NetFuture 2016
  • 31 August 2016: Report of the cluster activities
  • 12 October 2016: documents: – Special Issue on New Approaches for Infrastructure Services in SCPE

New actions

  1. Bigsea
  2. DITAS
  3. PrEstoCloud
  4. Recap

Involved actions

  1. AppHub
  4. CloudLigthning
  5. CloudSpaces
  6. ClouT
  7. CloudWave
  8. DICE
  10. iKaaS
  11. INPUT
  12. IOStack
  13. Mikelangelo
  14. Mobile Cloud Networking
  15. Mo-bizz
  16. MODAClouds
  17. MUSA
  18. RAPID
  19. SPECS
  20. SWITCH

F2f meetings and joint disseminations

  • 21-22 September 2015: Working group meeting, trainings and project presentations during MICAS 2015, Timisoara, Romania
  • 6-7 October 2015: Working group meeting and project presentations during Cloud Forward 2015, Pisa, Italy
  • 22 October 2015: Working group meeting during ICT 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 8 March 2016: Working group meeting during CloudScape 2016, Brussels, Belgium
  • 19 April 2016: Working group meeting during NetFuture 2016, Brussels, Belgium
  • 11 October 2016: Publication of a Special issue on New Approaches for Infrastructure Services in SCPE (open access and indexed in SCOPUS and Web of Science)
  • 18 October 2016: Working group meeting during CloudForward 2016, Madrid, Spain
  • 28 June 2017: Working group meeting during NetFuture 2017, Brussels, Belgium


  • Dana Petcu (West University of Timisoara & Institute e-Austria Timisoara, Romania)
  • Maria Tsakali (European Commission)

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