Partner Profile: IBM Research - Haifa

For more than sixty years, IBM Research, as the world's largest IT research organization has been the innovation engine of the IBM corporation. Since the beginning of 2000, IBM has spent over $75 billion in R&D, enabling IBM to deliver key innovations and maintain U.S. patent leadership for the 22st consecutive year in 2014.

No matter where discovery takes place, IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better. IBM holds a leadership position when it comes to the creation, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics. IBM participates in and contributes to the work of standards consortia, alliances, and formal national and international standards organizations. Where appropriate, IBM adopts consensus technologies in order to maintain openness, interoperability, and application portability. IBM Research is a leading research institution in the world and contributes significantly to the research community.

IBM Israel Science and Technology Limited, better known as IBM Research – Haifa, was first established in 1972. Since then, the lab has conducted decades of research vital to IBM’s success. The lab is one of 9 research laboratories located outside of the United States, and has close working relationships with IBM Israel and its twin research laboratory in Zurich. In Haifa, 25 percent of the technical staff have doctorate degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, or related fields. Employees are actively involved in teaching at Israeli higher education institutions and in supervising post-graduate theses. R&D projects are being executed today in areas such as cloud computing, Big Data analytics, cognitive computing, mobile platforms, healthcare and life sciences, verification technologies, storage, and more.

The Computing as a Service department of IBM Research - Haifa (which conducts the BEACON project) targets the transformation of IT through cloud computing, while leveraging skills in quality, security,storage, systems, and software-defined environments. A key focus direction for the department is the emerging field of cloud computing and the areas of virtualization, networking, systems management, and storage. In support of this direction, we leverage Open Source projects such as OpenStack, Open DayLight and KVM. The department pioneered and lead several EU Cloud projects including Reservoir (Cloud Federation), VISION Cloud (Advanced Object Stores), and FI-WARE (Advanced OpenStack based Clouds). In the area of technologies and tools for software quality and code optimization, the team pioneered and led related EU projects, including FITTEST, CloudWave and HIPEAC network of excellence. Another strategic direction of the department is the area of quality and security. The department applies various techniques in software analysis, constraint satisfaction, formal methods, machine learning, and knowledge representation to create a wide set of security and quality related solutions.

The IBM Haifa Research Lab intends to infuse the BEACON technology (including federated cloud network modeling and federated cloud resources management, in particular virtual network management) into its products and services, aiming to commercially benefit IBM clients and partners across Europe and beyond. In particular, IBM is developing a line of cloud products, infrastructural as well as service-oriented, that can benefit from the technology developed in BEACON. Among these projects are service platforms such as IBM's SmartCloud, infrastructure frameworks such as IBM's SDN for Virtual Environments (SDN-VE), and cloud network products such as the DOVE (Distributed Overlay Virtualized Environment) solution.