Ulm University

Ulm University is a public university in the city of Ulm, in the South German state of Baden- Württemberg, one of the economically strongest regions of Europe with more than 11 million inhabitants. The university was founded in 1967 and focuses on natural sciences, medicine, engineering sciences, mathematics, economics and computer science. It is regarded one of the best universities in the world in the field of Optoelectronics, RF Circuit Design and Microelectronics. It ranks among the top five universities in Germany for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Ulm University is represented in CACTOS by the Institute for Organisation and Management of Information systems (OMI). The institute is closely connected to the communication and information centre (kiz) of Ulm University responsible for all IT services and the university library.

The team contributing to CACTOS had been previously with University of Stuttgart and contributed to the development of Grids and Clouds in various research projects on national and European Level. Furthermore OMI/kiz had been involved in research and operation on the regional Grid Infrastructure bwGrid and will operate a large system in its more Cloud oriented successor bwHPC. The institute will support beside the funded staff by this project with contributions from permanent staff to reflect the specific role in this project as coordinator.

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), established in 1845, is the 9th oldest university in the UK and a member of the Russell Group, the Ivy League of the top research-driven universities in the UK covering just 12% of the higher education sector in the UK. The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) is ranked 9th in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2012) and among the top 100 in the world (QS World Rankings 2012). In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise 80% of research within the School was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading. The activities of CACTOS will be hosted in the high performance and distributed computing (HPDC) and Knowledge and Data Engineering (KDE) Research Clusters in the School of EEECS. Their expertise spans all layers of system software (languages, compilers, runtime systems, OS/virtualization framework), workload characterization, parallel foundations of concurrency, optimization and infrastructure support for large-scale applications. The clusters have a research portfolio exceeding 5m Euros, which is funded by EPSRC, the EU and numerous industrial sponsorships.

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flexiOPS is Scotland’s most successful provider of innovative infrastructure and software technology solutions within the Horizon 2020 funding program. Offering a complete IaaS software platform that allows partners to explore monetised cloud business services. Unique amongst its peers, flexiOPS has a heritage in the service provider industry stretching back to 1997. Formerly Flexiant Research Limited, entirely focused on further development of the FCO platform and enabling other companies to build their own cloud services and enables end users to purchase computing services on a flexible, scalable, automated computing and hosting infrastructure.

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Umeå University

Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. The university has about 35 000 students and more than 4 000 employees. The Cloud and Grid computing research group at the Department of Computing Science has extensive experience in research and development of standards-based grid and cloud infrastructure components for job and resource management (including resource brokering, advanced resource selection algorithms, advance reservations, SLAs, elastic virtual capacity, virtualisation in grids, and middlewareinteroperability); workflow systems (workflow modelling, interoperability, languages, computation models, and applications); and accounting, resource allocation and system management tools.

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The FZI Research Centre for Information Technology (FZI) in Karlsruhe is a non-profit independent research centre with about 160 employees, whose core mission is to facilitate technology transfer of innovative solutions in ICT and to create a bridge between academia and industry. FZI consists of four interdisciplinary research divisions, each scientifically guided by a group of professors from KIT. The Software Engineering (SE) division, involved in the project, has been working in more than 50 co-operative and consulting actions on service-oriented software construction, model-driven software engineering, software quality assessment, performance engineering, reliability analysis, and legacy evolution with national and European industry, both SMEs and large companies. Among its customers are Siemens, ABB, Nokia, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, Daimler-Chrysler, BASF as well as numerous SMEs. SE has numerous research contributions to leading technological conferences like ICSE, WCRE, CSMR, CBSE, and QoSA.

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Dublin City University

DCU Business School (DCUBS) is one of four faculties of Dublin City University. Dublin City University is the youngest university in Ireland and has recently been has been named, by the QS world rankings as one of the world’s top 50 universities that are under 50-years-old. DCUBS has established a reputation for high quality research based on scholarly work with relevance to professional practice in both commercial and non-commercial settings. The School has 2 large research centres; the Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre (LInK) and the Centre for Cloud Computing (IC4). It also has 4 research clusters: the Enterprise Process Research Centre (EPRC); the Centre for Consumption Studies (CCS); the Centre for Research on Student Learning and Teaching (CReST) and the Edgeworth Centre for Financial Mathematics. DCU Business School has successfully won research funding from both national and international funding agencies, and from national and international industry partners. These include, among others, FP, PRTLI, IRCHSS, INTERREG, Health Research Board, Fáilte Ireland, Teagasc, Nominet Trust, Cambridge University Press, and McDonalds Corporation. Most recently, the School successfully bid to host the National Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) funded by the IDA/Enterprise Ireland, for which €6.2 million has been committed to date.

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PlayGen is an integrated R&D studio creating playful solutions that engage the audience, measure competencies and attitudes, influence behaviour, and inspire action. PlayGen’s R&D activities focus on: gamification and social mechanics for learning skills, creativity and behaviour change; user experience modelling and design; cloud system architecture, design and integration; and dissemination and exploitation including business models. Their key expertise is delivering world class solutions that combine play with serious topics. This includes authoring tools, platform and discrete products. The games and gamifications developed are designed to make players better informed and better connected.

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