Seif Haridi, Chief Scientific Advisor at SICS, leads the ‘Computing in the Cloud’ action line at the European Institute of Innovation & Technology’s ICT Labs. SICS is also one of the main partners in the Europa project, one of four activities within the ‘Computing in Cloud’ action line.
Europa, which started in mid-2011, is developing a new cloud-based data-intensive computing platform. The platform includes a programming model called PACT that extends the MapReduce model to include 2nd order functional programming operations, and highly-available elastic data storage that extends the HDFS platform. The project is led by Volker Markl at Technical University Berlin and includes besides SICS also INRIA, University of Paris XI, Technical University-DELFT, AALTO University, and the University of Trento.