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SLICES-DS selected for the ESFRI 2021 Roadmap

The objective of the EU-funded SLICES-DS (H2020 – INFRADEV-2019-3) is to provide a complete design study for SLICES, a Europe-wide test-platform designed to support large-scale, experimental research on digital infrastructures. The SLICES design will account for advanced compute, storage and network components, interconnected by dedicated high-speed links. Pushing forward, the project’s main goal is to strengthen the research excellence and innovation capacity of European researchers and scientists in the design and operation of future digital infrastructures. Indeed, the design, deployment and operation of complex and continuously evolving digital infrastructures is crucial to keeping our technologically advancing society humming. This is why the research community needs a large-scale test platform to address issues of innovative and possibly even disruptive scientific concepts and technologies at the basis of digital infrastructures, along the multi-dimension of efficiency, reliability, availability, range, end-to-end latency, security and privacy.

The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To adequately design SLICES in order to strengthen research excellence and innovation capacity of European researchers and scientists in Digital Infrastructures
  2. To accomplish preparatory work and planning of the new Research Infrastructure
  3. To define governance and management of the new Research Infrastructure
  4. To define models for the financing of the new Research Infrastructure
  5. To define stakeholder and engagement strategy on community-based research

SLICES-DS consortium gathers partners from nine countries (France, Greece, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium) with a special focus in networking and wireless research; Future Internet; Internet of Things and Internet of Services; mobile communications, security of telecommunications and applications; Network protocols and architectures, NFV, cloud/edge/fog computing, artificial intelligence; deployment of 5G testbeds for experimentation; Data Management, Data Analytics. Each SLICES-DS partner, through specific skills and expertise, has a critical role in SLICES-DS, thanks to complementary competences, experience and contacts, the consortium covers the full set of capabilities to successfully achieve the planned objectives. SLICES-DS is composed of selected representatives of the SLICES initiative to build a comprehensive study for the flagship research infrastructure project and to represent and reach out to a broader community.

Following the ESFRI announcement, the SLICES project on which UCLan Cyprus is a research partner, was selected for the ESFRI 2021 ROADMAP that will invest €4.1 billion in excellent science contributing to address European challenges and will fund 11 new Research Infrastructures. The 11 proposals selected have been scored high for their science case and maturity for implementation and will be included as new Projects in the ESFRI 2021 Roadmap Update. This is a unique achievement as the SLICES project is the first one of this kind.

SLICES ambitions to become an impactful research infrastructure in Digital Sciences, including concerns regarding energy consumption and the implementation of the Green Deal.