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UCy computer science faculty secures €500,000 in European funding

The Computer Science faculty of the University of Cyprus has secured €500,000 in funding under the pioneering European UniServer programme.

The UniServer project “A Universal Micro-Server Ecosystem by Exceeding Energy and Performance Scaling Boundaries ” led by Queen’s University Belfast has been awarded €4.8million from the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme and was launched in February 2016.

According to the Horizon 2020 society, the principal aim of UniServer is to facilitate the evolution of the Internet from an infrastructure where data is gathered in centralised data-centres widely known as The Cloud, to an infrastructure where data is handled in a distributed and localised manner close to the data sources enabling essentially Edge Computing.

UniServer brings together experts from the world’s leading processor, server-on-chip and software development industry ARM, Applied-Micro and IBM as well as emerging application developers Worldsensing, Sparsity and Meritorius. In addition to Queen’s University and the University of Cyprus, the consortium is also made up of the University of Athens and the University of Thessaly.

Project coordinator Georgios Karakonstantis from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University, explained the rationale behind the project on Horizon 2020’s official website.

“Having seen the latest estimations that 30 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, we realised that new scalable micro-servers will soon be needed and thus formed a strong consortium to develop them,” he said.

In Cyprus, the project will be led by associate Professors Yiannakis Sazeides and Pedro Trancoso.


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