Concept and methodology

The AC3 project builds on the emerging CECC concept aiming to unify and federate cloud and edge resources using common management components to support emerging applications needing low latency, data-intensive and using different data sources.

The CECCM is the key element in the AC3. It should be self-managed and self-configured when handling applications LCM and managing the federated infrastructure resources (i.e., IT, networking, and data). Therefore, AI/ML should be natively supported to enable zero-touch management and configuration. Moreover, the application behaviour and CECC infrastructure should be adapted in a unified and harmonized manner to reduce the end-to-end execution time and maximize the use of local bandwidth. For this reason, we plan to use semantic and ontology techniques for providing a context-awareness dimension to the CECCM to orchestrate data source, application, user requests, and CECC infrastructure in an intertwined manner. Since the AC3 project builds on a federated infrastructure, hence security and trust will also be implemented inherently. The AC3 project innovates in the following key areas: (1) revisit the application definition and LCM, (2) zero-touch configuration and management of the CECC infrastructure including data, (3) and resource federation. These key areas consider AI/ML, security, energy, semantics and ontology, and trust as the key enablers.