The Universidad Complutense de Madrid is the largest and most renowned university in Spain, with over 700 hundred years of history. The research group involved in BEACON is the Distributed Systems Architecture Research Group, which is part of the Computer Science Faculty.
The DSA-Research group conducts research in advanced distributed computing and virtualization technologies for large-scale infrastructures and resource provisioning platforms. Ongoing research lines address the challenges of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Cloud Computing, namely:
- Cloud architectures
- Energy-efficient cloud computing
- Cloud federation and interoperability
- High Performance Computing (HPC) clouds
DSA-Research founded, and is currently a core contributor to, the OpenNebula Open-source Project, widely-used enterprise-ready turnkey solution to build IaaS cloud infrastructures and one of the main software components in BEACON; is a co-founder of the OGF Working Group on Cloud Computing Interface; and has participated in the main European projects in cloud computing, such as RESERVOIR, flagship of European research initiatives in virtualized infrastructures and cloud computing, BonFIRE, 4CaaSt, StratusLab, PANACEA and CloudCatalyst. The results of the research have been published in several leading publications on virtualization and cloud computing. The members of the group are among the top cited authors in cloud computing, and participate in the Program Committee of the most important conference and journals in the cloud research field.
UCM is the Scientific Coordinator of the Project, leading the definition of the BEACON framework architecture. UCM brings to BEACON its expertise in design and operation of large-scale federated cloud infrastructures, and research and development of cloud management and networking. UCM will also build and manage the OpenNebula-based testbed for the project that will be used to demo interoperability at network level with OpenStack and Flexiant cloud stacks.