games project

Consortium

The GAMES consortium is composed by 8 partners, belonging to 4 different countries (Italy, Germany, Romania, Israel).

The GAMES consortium brings together key industrial companies (Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, IBM Israel), top research centres  and academic institutes (Politecnico of Milano, University of Stuttgart, Technical Unversity of Cluj-Napoca), energy and power utilities companies (Enel.si and Energoeco), and innovation-led SMEs (Christmann).

Engineering Ingegneria Informatica

Engineering Ingegneria Informatica is the holding company of the Engineering Group: the largest Italian player in System Integration, counting 6500 employees and consolidated revenues at over 456 Million Euros in 2007. Market leader along the whole value chain of software production: from design, development and outsourcing, through products and vertical proprietary solutions, to IT and strategic consultancy tailored to fit customers’ business models on all markets.

Engineering Ingegneria Informatica has invested about 50 Million Euros on research in the current 2006-2008 three-years period and is founding member and president of the steering committee of the European platform NESSI – Networked and Electronic Software and Services Initiative – and member of the NEM – Networked and Electronic Media – European technology platform.

The main areas of interest of the R&D Department are concerned with Service-Based Software Engineering, ICT for Energy Efficiency, Human-Computer Interaction

Roles in the project: Coordinating partner, Technology Provider leading on the Sensing and Monitoring Infrastructure, User for Pilot Validation

 

Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano is a State University in Italy, established in 1863, ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture, and Industrial Design, with approximately 40,000 students. In the Department of Electronics and Information, the Information Systems group has a long research experience in information systems modelling and design methods and it developed in recent years a framework for adaptive web services for business applications. Politecnico di Milano competences relevant for the project are in the area of adaptive service engineering, on modelling and optimizing QoS in web services, and in the design of cost-effective information systems architectures. Recent research work has focused on multilevel optimization and control of information systems, considering both performance and energy consumption parameters.

Role in the project: Scientific Coordinator, Technology Provider, leading on in the development of new methods and tools for designing energy-aware information systems, including optimization tools to be applied both at design and at run time to optimize services and infrastructure parameters.

 

High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) at University of Stuttgart

The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is a research and service institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart. It is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany and is offering services to academic users and industry. USTUTT-HLRS research and operation focus is oriented towards the operation of supercomputers owned by hww GmbH (a public-private partnership consortium comprising among others T-Systems SfR and the Porsche AG), services and consultancy for scientific and industrial users, research in the area of supercomputer architectures, simulation software, software engineering and Grid computing, teaching and training in distributed systems, software engineering and programming models, as well as cooperation with international partners from industry and research.

Most relevant expertise for GAMES are the experiences gained in cooperation with industry in operating High Performance Computing resources and the experiences in the realisation of highly scalable monitoring systems and Service Level Agreements Based Management of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based IT systems.

Role in the project: Technology Provider of highly scalable monitoring solutions, service oriented architecture driven IT solutions (with a High Performance Computing focus) and Service Level Agreement (SLA) based service management., User for Pilot Validation

 

Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

The Technical University of Cluj-Napoca is the largest technical university in Transylvania and one of the best technical universities of Romania, with 8 faculties, about 12000 students and more than 600 academic staff. The Distributed Systems Research Laboratory, as part of the Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca has relevant experience and competence for the GAMES project in specific research areas such as: service oriented distributed computing, autonomic computing, context awareness, eContent management, knowledge engineering and distributed artificial intelligence.

Role in the project: Technology Provider leading on the study, design, development, evaluation and testing the energy aware self-*adaptive mechanism that will consider the system context situation enhanced with energy/performance information for enforcing the run-time energy efficiency goals.

 

IBM Israel Science and Technology Limited

IBM has the world's largest IT research organization, with more than 3,000 scientists and engineers working at eight labs in six countries. IBM invests more than $5 billion a year in R&D. IBM's lead the world in patent filing, surpassed the combined total awarded to 12 of the largest IT companies.

IBM has the world's largest IT research organisation and is the initiator of the Green IT theme, by leading on  the Big Green initiative, tailored to the energy efficiency improvements of ICT devices and IT service centres.

IBM Israel Science and Technology Limited is better known as the IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa (HRL). The lab’s activities involve advanced research and development under the guidance of the IBM Corporation’s Research Division, as one of five research laboratories located outside of the United States, and has close working relationships with IBM Israel and its twin research laboratory in Zurich. The main mission of HRL is to perform research that advances IBM's products and product development capabilities. R&D projects are being executed today by HRL for IBM labs in the USA, Canada, and Europe. The storage and systems department is involved in the GAMES project, which develops advanced copy-service functions for Shark, IBM's next generation of disk storage subsystems.

Role in GAMES: Technology Provider leading on the green storage technologies, a key activity in the storage group today. IBM will leverage its strong involvement with storage standards bodies to incorporate existing and develop new standards for storage infrastructure. In particular, IBM is actively promoting green standards and metrics in the SNIA Green Storage technical working group. IBM will bring requirements from GAMES to the Green Storage technical working group and will also contribute to the development of business models for running managed storage services and its integration with servers.

 

Christmann Informationstechnik

Founded in 2005, is a highly innovative SME in the field of energy-efficient server hardware and software solutions including the measuring of energy-consumption

The experience in the field of re-configurable hardware adapting to changing needs will help to build the self-adaptive GAMES technology, as well as the realisation of low power footprint (<10 Watt) hardware agents operating independently that could for example host NAGIOS monitoring infrastructure. Such independent entities might significantly contribute to the overall robustness and reliability of the GAMES infrastructure while consuming low power for the control framework itself.

Role in GAMES: Technology providers leading on delivering suitable sensors and related communication middleware for data center monitoring tool.

These main aspects of Christmann IT’s competences will enable the GAMES project to provide a package of the next generation of ICT not only to support the targets for lower carbon emissions with ultra low power consumption ICT devices and equipment but also through ICT solutions for better energy efficiency and more efficient environmental simulation and monitoring.

 

EnergoEco

EnergoEco, founded in 2004 and part of EnergoBit Grup of Romania, is a Romanian company with 4 years of international experience in the energy efficiency and practice in the energy sector of Romania. EnergoEco is specialized in the development and implementation of energy efficiency projects, providing technical and financial solutions for its clients.

Roles in the project: Users of the delivered technology offering the energy audit services to data centers

 

ENEL.si

Enel.si is part of to the ENEL Group and is offering sustainable services, products and integrated solutions for energy efficiency. The focus is on renewable energy sources and the company is the main Italian supplier of photo voltaic installations. As such, Enel.si has become a reference point, both directly and through its franchising network, for companies and private individuals involved in promoting photovoltaic solar technologies and for energy efficiency in general. Enel.si is able to support its clients in every part of the supply chain: consulting, designing, sales, installation and maintenance. In 2006, Enel.si installed solar power systems producing a total of 8.3 MW on behalf of clients in the industrial, domestic and service sectors, equivalent to approximately 40% of the total.

Roles in the project: Users of the delivered technology offering the energy audit services to data centers