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Software Workbench for Interactive, Time Critical and Highly self-adaptive cloud applications

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "SWITCH" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙922˙500 €
 EC max contribution 2˙922˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Future Internet: Software, hardware, Infrastructures, technologies and services)
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2014-1
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-02-01   to  2018-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) participant 548˙750.00
3    MOG TECHNOLOGIES SA PT (MAIA) participant 494˙375.00
4    UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI SI (LJUBLJANA) participant 413˙750.00
6    WELLNESS TELECOM SL ES (SEVILLA) participant 331˙875.00


 Project objective

The SWITCH project (Software Workbench for Interactive, Time Critical and Highly self-adaptive Cloud applications) addresses the urgent industrial need for developing and executing time critical applications in Clouds. Time critical applications such as disaster early warning, collaborative communication and live event broadcasting can only realise their expected business value when they meet critical requirements for performance and user experience. The very high requirements on network and computing services, particularly for well-tuned software architecture with sophisticated data communication optimisation, mean that development of such time critical applications is often customised to dedicated infrastructure, and system performance is difficult to maintain when infrastructure changes. This fatal weakness in the existing architecture and software tools yields very high development cost, and makes it difficult fully to utilize the virtualised, programmable services provided by networked Clouds to improve system productivity. SWITCH aims at improving the existing development and execution model of time critical applications by introducing a novel conceptual model (application-infrastructure co-programming and control model), in which application QoS/QoE, together with the programmability and controllability of the Cloud environments, can all be included in the complete lifecycle of applications. Based on this conceptual model, SWITCH provides an interactive environment for developing applications and controlling their execution, a real-time infrastructure planner for deploying applications in Clouds, and an autonomous system adaptation platform for monitoring and adapting system behaviour. The SWITCH consortium has well-balanced partners with complementary expertise from both academic and industrial backgrounds. By demonstrating the software using diverse use cases, the consortium specifically aims at exploitation of the business potential of the SWITCH results.


List of deliverables.
Technical report for software testing, validation and release of the SWITCH environment Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:29
Learning strategies for self-adaptive control mechanism for time critical Cloud applications Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:39
Technical documentation of the elastic early warning system using SWITCH Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:34
Software test, validation and release plans Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:33
Technical requirements and the state of the art review for time critical and self-adaptive applications in Cloud Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:27
Semantic linking model for the SWITCH environment V1 Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:29:25
Design specification of the ASAP subsystem Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:27
Technical and functional specifications for the Cloud virtual studio for directing and broadcasting live events Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:29
SWITCH data management plan Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:48
Concept description for application-infrastructure co-programming Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:51
Design specification for the infrastructure planning service Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:48
Technical and functional specifications for the collaborative real-time business communication platform Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:32
Report on dissemination, communication, collaboration, exploitation and standardization V3 Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:48
Report on dissemination, communication, collaboration, exploitation and standardization V1 Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:37
Technical documentation of the Cloud virtual studio for directing and broadcasting live events using SWITCH Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:31
Plans for support actions Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:35
Prototype runtime monitoring system Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:29
Quality Assurance Plan Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:47
Technical description of the DRIP subsystem Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:22
Architecture design of the SWITCH environment Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:46
Semantic linking model for the SWITCH environment V2 Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:15
Report on dissemination, communication, collaboration, exploitation and standardization V2 Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:46
Technical documentation of the collaborative real-time business communication platform using SWITCH Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:34
Project Handbook Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:33
Technical description of the SIDE subsystem Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:50
Technical documentation of the ASAP subsystem Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:31
Technical and functional specifications for the elastic early warning system Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:45:28

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SWITCH deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Suciu, George; Istrate, Cristiana; Filip, Dorinel; Poenaru, Vlad; Scheianu, Andrei; Cigale, Matej
Real-Time Telemetry System for Emergency Situations using SWITCH
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162888
1 2019-05-29
2016 Zhao, Zhiming
Environmental RI-as-a-Service: a viewpoint on common challenges and interoperable solutions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.205748
4 2019-05-29
2018 Stefanic, Polona; Cigale, Matej; Fernandez, Francisco Quevedo; Rogers, David; Knight, Louise; Jones, Andrew C.; Taylor, Ian
TOSCA-based SWITCH Workbench for application composition and infrastructure planning of time-critical applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162871
1 2019-05-29
2017 Paul Martin, Yin Chen, Alex Hardisty, Keith Jeffery, Zhiming Zhao
Computational Challenges in Global Environmental Research Infrastructures
published pages: 305-340, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1201/9781315368252-13
Terrestrial Ecosystem Infrastructures. Challenges and Opportunities. 2019-05-29
2017 Elzinga, Olaf; Taal, Arie; Zhao, Zhiming
Collecting, cataloguing and searching performance information of Cloud resources
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.400620
4 2019-05-29
2017 Zhao, Zhiming
European environmental research infrastructures: interoperability and time critical application support
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1133186
1 2019-05-29
2018 Wang, Junchao; Zhou, Huan; Hu, Yang; de Laat, Cees; Zhao Zhiming
Virtual Infrastructure Planning for a Workflow with Multiple Overlapping Deadline Constraints in Cloud
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162892
1 2019-05-29
2016 Spiros Koulouzis, Adam S.Z. Belloum, Marian T. Bubak, Zhiming Zhao, Miroslav Živković, Cees T.A.M. de Laat
SDN-aware federation of distributed data
published pages: 64-76, ISSN: 0167-739X, DOI: 10.1016/j.future.2015.09.032
Future Generation Computer Systems 56 2019-05-29
2015 Stankovski, V., Taherizadeh, S., Bajec, M., Jones, A., Zhiming, Z., Ulisses, A., Fahringer, T., Demchenko, Y. et al.
Networking session at ICT 2015
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Cloud SWOT 2015 2019-05-29
2016 Zhao, Zhiming
Interoperable research infrastructures for addressing societal challenges
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.204930
4 2019-05-29
2018 Flores, Guadalupe; Perez, Jorge; Campos, Ignacio; Koulouzis, Spiros
Collaborative Real-Time Business Communication Platform
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162897
1 2019-05-29
2018 Huan Zhou, Arie Taal, Spiros Koulouzis, Junchao Wang, Yang Hu, George Suciu Jr., Vlad Poenaru, Cees de Laat, Zhiming Zhao
Dynamic real-time infrastructure planning and deployment for disaster early warning systems, in the workshop on Data, Modeling, and Computation in IoT and Smart Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Conference on Computational Science 2019-05-29
2018 Paul Martin, Laurent Remy, Maria Theodoridou, Keith Jeffery and Zhiming Zhao
Mapping metadata from different research infrastructures into a unified framework for use in a virtual research environment
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
10th International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG 2018), 13-15 June 2018 [to appear] 2019-05-29
2016 Martin P., Taal A., Quevedo F., Rogers D., Evans K., Jones A., Stankovski V., Taherizadeh S., Trnkoczy J., Suciu G., Zhao Z.
Information modelling and semantic linking for a software workbench for interactive, time critical and self-adaptive cloud applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Workshop on Cloud Computing Project and Initiatives (CCPI-2016), in the proceedings of The 30th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA-2016), Crans-Montana, Switzerland, March 23-25, 2016 2019-05-29
2018 Salman Taherizadeh, Vlado Stankovski
Dynamic Multi-level Auto-scaling Rules for Containerized Applications
published pages: , ISSN: 0010-4620, DOI: 10.1093/comjnl/bxy043
The Computer Journal 2019-05-29
2015 Stankovski, V., Taherizadeh, S., Taylor, I., Jones, A., Mastroianni, C., Becker, B., Suhartanto, H.
Towards an Environment Supporting Resilience, High-Availability, Reproducibility and Reliability for Cloud Applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Cloud Challenge at Utility and Cloud Computing 2015 (UCC 2015) 2019-05-29
2015 Keith Jeferry, George Kousiouris, Dimosthenis Kyriazis, Jörn Altmann, Augusto Ciuffoletti, Ilias Maglogiannis, Paolo Nesi, Bojan Suzic, Zhiming Zhao
Challenges Emerging from Future Cloud Application Scenarios
published pages: 227-237, ISSN: 1877-0509, DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.09.238
Procedia Computer Science 68 2019-05-29
2016 Zhao, Zhiming
Cooperative programming, provisioning and control for time critical applications in Cloud
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.205193
4 2019-05-29
2018 Huan Zhou, Yang Hu, Jinshu Su, Cees de Laat and Zhiming Zhao
Empowering Dynamic Task-based Applications with Agile Virtual Infrastructure Programmability
published pages: to appear, ISSN: , DOI:
2018 International Conference on Cloud Computing 2019-05-29
2016 Miguel Poeira, Pedro Santos, Alexandre Ulisses, Daniel Costa, Pedro Ferreira and Rui Amor
An architecture for time-critical IP broadcasting in the cloud.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.204821
2015 Zhiming Zhao, Paul Martin, Junchao Wang, Ari Taal, Andrew Jones, Ian Taylor, Vlado Stankovski, Ignacio Garcia Vega, George Suciu, Alexandre Ulisses, Cees de Laat
Developing and Operating Time Critical Applications in Clouds: The State of the Art and the SWITCH Approach
published pages: 17-28, ISSN: 1877-0509, DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.09.220
Procedia Computer Science 68 2019-05-29
2018 Gec, Sandi; Trnkoczy, Jernej; Paščinski, Uroš; Cigale, Matej; Stankovski, Vlado
QoS-Aware Orchestration in the SWITCH environment
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162922
1 2019-05-29
2016 Salman Taherizadeh, Ian Taylor, Andrew Jones, Zhiming Zhao, and Vlado Stankovski
A network edge monitoring approach for real-time data streaming applications.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Conference: 13th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems and Services (GECON) 2019-05-29
2018 Polona Štefanič, Dragi Kimovski, George Suciu Jr., and Vlado Stankovski
Non-Functional Requirements Optimisation for Multi-Tier Cloud Applications: An Early Warning System Case Study
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1146057
CBDCom 2017 2019-05-29
2017 Salman Taherizadeh; Vlado Stankovski
Auto-scaling Applications in Edge Computing: Taxonomy and Challenges
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1145/3175684.3175709
1 2019-05-29
2017 Salman Taherizadeh, Ian Taylor, Andrew Jones, Zhiming Zhao, Vlado Stankovski
A Network Edge Monitoring Approach for Real-Time Data Streaming Applications
published pages: 293-303, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61920-0_21
International Conference on the Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services Lecture Notes in Computer Scien 2019-05-29
2017 Zhao, Zhiming
Cloud computing for big data infrastructure
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1119144
2 2019-05-29
2016 Huan Zhou, Paul Martin, Jinshu Su, Cees de Laat. and Zhiming Zhao
A Flexible Inter-locale Virtual Cloud For Nearly Real-time Big Data Applications.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.204774
2018 Spiros Koulouzisy, Rahaf Mousa, Andreas Karakannas, Cees de Laaty, Zhiming Zhao
Information Centric Networking for Sharing and Accessing Digital Objects with Persistent Identifiers on Data Infrastructures
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
the 3rd International Workshop on Distributed Big Data Management IEEE CCGrid 2019-05-29
2015 Stankovski, V.
Addressing the Needs of Micro-to-Small Data Centres with ENTICE and SWITCH Cloud Technologies, International Conference on Cloud-Assisted Services
published pages: 36-37, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the CLASS 2015 2019-05-29
2016 George Suciu ; Cristina Butca ; Victor Suciu ; Alexandru Cretu ; Octavian Fratu
Cyber physical systems based on cloud computing and internet of things for energy efficiency.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2243318
2018 Petar Kochovski, Vlado Stankovski
Security and Resilience in Intelligent Data-Centric Systems and Communication Networks
published pages: 7-27, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811373-8.00001-X
2016 G. Suciu, G. Todoran, R. Banica
Accelerating eLearning for Cloud services and Big Data platforms in HealthCare.
published pages: 304-311, ISSN: , DOI:
The International Scientific Conference eLearning and Software for Education Issue 1 2019-05-29
2016 Casale, G., Chesta, C., Deussen, P., Di Nitto, E., Gouvas, P. Koussouris, S., Stankovski, V., Symeonidis, A., Vlassiou, V., Zafeiropoulos A., and Zhao Z.
Current and Future Challenges of Software Engineering for Services and Applications
published pages: 34-42, ISSN: 1877-0509, DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2016.08.278
Procedia Computer Science, Cloud Forward: From Distributed to Complete Computing Volume 97 2019-05-29
2016 • Zhiming Zhao, Paul Martin, Cees de Laat, Keith Jeffery, Andrew Jones, Ian Taylor, Alex Hardistry, Malcolm Arkinson, Anneke Zuiderwijk, Yi Yin, Yin Chen
Time critical requirements and technical considerations for advanced support environments for data-intensive research.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.204756
2017 George Suciu, Ramona Ciuciuc, Adrian Pasat, Andrei Scheianu
Remote Sensing for Forest Environment Preservation
published pages: 211-220, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56538-5_23
Recent Advances in Information Systems and Technologies Volume 2 2019-05-29
2018 Yang Hu, Huan Zhou, Cees de Laat, C., and Zhiming Zhao
ECSched: Efficient Container Scheduling on Heterogeneous Clusters
published pages: to appear, ISSN: , DOI:
proceedings of the Euro-Par 2018 Conference 2019-05-29
2017 Mousa, Rahaf
Application aware digital objects access and distribution using Named Data Networking (NDN)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.889740
3 2019-05-29
2018 Huan Zhou, Arie Taal, Spiros Koulouzis, Junchao Wang, Yang Hu, George Suciu Jr., Vlad Poenaru, Cees de Laat, Zhiming Zhao
Dynamic real-time infrastructure planning and deployment for disaster early warning systems, in the workshop on Data, Modeling, and Computation in IoT and Smart Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS), to appear 2019-05-29
2016 Zhao, Zhiming; Altmeyer, Sebastian; Jeffery, Keith; Atkinson, Malcolm; Ulisses, Alexandre
Nearly real time data processing and time critical cloud applications, Proceedings of the 2nd International workshop on Interoperable infrastructures for interdisciplinary big data sciences (IT4RIs 16)
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.204685
4 2019-05-29
2018 Zhao, Zhiming
3rd IT4RIs 2018 Interoperable infrastructure for big data research infrastructures: opening
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162864
1 2019-05-29
2018 Knight, Louise; Stefani, Polona; Cigale, Matej; Jones, Andrew C.; Taylor, Ian
Towards a Methodology for Creating Time-critical, Cloud-based CUDA Applications
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162877
2 2019-05-29
2018 Zhou, Huan; de Laat, Cees; Zhao, Zhiming
CloudsStorm: An Application-driven DevOps Framework for Managing Networked Infrastructures on Federated Clouds
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1162914
1 2019-05-29
2018 Salman Taherizadeh, Andrew C. Jones, Ian Taylor, Zhiming Zhao, Vlado Stankovski
Monitoring self-adaptive applications within edge computing frameworks: A state-of-the-art review
published pages: 19-38, ISSN: 0164-1212, DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2017.10.033
Journal of Systems and Software 136 2019-05-29
2016 Foss, J., Ulisses, A., Monnayer, N.
From Personalisation to a semless TV/VR convergence.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Uroš Paščinski, Jernej Trnkoczy, Vlado Stankovski, Matej Cigale, Sandi Gec
QoS-Aware Orchestration of Network Intensive Software Utilities within Software Defined Data Centres
published pages: , ISSN: 1570-7873, DOI: 10.1007/s10723-017-9415-1
Journal of Grid Computing 2019-05-29

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