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Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica (CINI)


Brief description of the organisation

CINI is "Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica", a “non-profit” association of Italian Universities which started in 1989 with the objective of supporting national and international research activities in the field of Computer Science. Currently, CINI consists of 36 Italian Universities. These include most of the principal universities which are particularly active in the field of information science and technology, including University of Rome La Sapienza, University of Bologna, University of Pisa, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Scuola Superiore S.Anna in Pisa and University of Naples Federico II. CINI manages directly two laboratories in Rome and Naples. CINI has among its strategic goals fostering technology transfer and industrial exploitation of the results of the research groups which are part of the consortium. To this purpose several framework agreements have been signed with leading Italian companies including Finmeccanica group and Poste italiane group. CINI will participate to the TROPIC project with its Rome lab.


Main tasks attributed in the project

CINI team will focus on the design and evaluation of the “femto-cloud” distributed computing system. Activity will focus on the selection of the architecture for the femto-cloud system, including interactions with conventional cloud computing systems and with the mobile devices. It will also design the protocols to enable HeNB communication and the algorithms for distributed task allocation to HeNBs and HeNB resource management. The team will also be incharge of TROPIC demonstrator, implementing selected components of the TROPIC femto-cloud system in thedemonstrator, as well as the needed application level intelligence on the mobile devices. Objective of the demonstrator will be to evaluate the performance of the TROPIC femto-cloud computing system and to show that TROPIC enhancedHeNB features enable applications which cannot be supported by current 3G and beyond radio access networks, including current femtocells.


Previous experience relevant to those tasks

CINI has been and is currently involved in many large scale national and EC research projects including the EC projects Embedded WiSeNts, CADENUS; CONTENT; COMIFIN; INSPIRE; INTERMON; ENEXTOneLab; INTERSECTION; OSMOSIS; CLAM.


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