The emergence of new technologies supporting the numerous software-defined applications and tools we use on a daily basis has put Cloud and HPC systems at the centre for their correct functioning and availability. This situation has positioned DevOps tools and processes as the essential support for efficient development, deployment and execution of operations over heterogeneous, software-defined, high-performance computing environments.

To better deal with big amounts of data, while complying with security and privacy issues and boost the performance and optimisation of applications, the SODALITE project has been working for 36 months on addressing the challenges brought up by Digital Transformation and Cloud Computing trends, software tools and methods, through the development of a robust and powerful end-to-end toolkit -SODALITE Stack - composed by five different layers bringing specific capabilities and features to focus on performance, quality, and reliability.

As part of its communication strategy, clearly aligned with the expectation and commercialisation roadmap established by the team working on exploitation and sustainability tasks, the SODALITE project organised its final event where all the results achieved were presented, co-located at the 2021 edition of Horizon Cloud Summit and Cloud Expo Europe

Organised by the H-CLOUD project, the Horizon Cloud Summit at its second edition aimed at gathering innovators and researchers, Cloud adopters, policymakers, Cloud initiatives and open source projects to shape the EU digital transition. Some of the most relevant objectives of this 2-day event were:

  • Discussing priorities for Europe at different levels and for different actors, supporting the consolidation of a Strategic Agenda for Research, Innovation and Deployment of Cloud Computing in Europe as a crucial step to guide future public and private investments, by identifying future challenges to be covered in Horizon Europe, Digital Europe and other EU programmes
  • Explore the last evolution of Cloud Computing in Europe, giving spaces to cutting edge research outcomes, innovative open solutions,  and emerging use cases.
  • Explore the role of open source strategies, standards and business models in shaping EU digital autonomy.
  • Increase collaboration among Cloud stakeholders and foster the creation of synergies across the European Cloud Computing ecosystem, that will ensure its growth.

On the other hand, the event was also part of Cloud Expo Europe on its German edition that was supposed to be celebrated physically in Frankfurt. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was moved to an online format to guarantee the quality of the event, and even more, provide a safe environment for visitors and exhibitors. The event had a twofold objective: evaluate products & services to help sustainably scale and meet the changing demands of customers worldwide, and evaluate big data and AI solutions to help unleash the potential of data and AI, ensuring your digital transformation initiatives are bolstered with accurate analytics and insight.

SODALITE project 2-hour event included various presentations from consortium members to showcase the achievements of the project and the potential benefits these could provide to end-users, such as:

  • Increasing design and runtime effectiveness of software-defined infrastructures
  • Ensuring high-performance execution over dynamic heterogeneous execution environments
  • Increasing simplicity of modelling applications and infrastructures
  • Improving manageability, collaboration, and time-to-market

In addition, the use cases where SODALITE tools were validated were presented, and a discussion panel was held with external projects that have been close to SODALITE and with which some synergies and collaborations were established.

Access below to all the materials in case you were not able to join the event!



Welcome and Introduction to SODALITE

By Nejc Bat, XLAB

The presentation held by SODALITE Project Coordinator consisted of a short introduction of the SODALITE project, its goals and aspirations and an introduction of what the next presenters will be talking about: results, use cases, collaborations, among others.

Download the presentation HERE

Layer-based business models for HPC and Multicloud optimisation

By Joao Costa, XLAB

This talk was focused on how some of the problems in the industry are addressed by SODALITE and how the value and benefits of the Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project - namely SODALITE Stack - are an important part of their solution. The five layers comprised within SODALITE Stack were presented:

  • SmartIDE | Modelling and IDE
  • FindIaCBug | Verification & Bug Prediction
  • MOORING | Deployment Orchestration Provisioning 
  • REFIT | Monitoring & Reconfiguration
  • POET | Performance Optimization

Download the presentation HERE

Demo: Specification and Deployment of Snow Water use case using SODALITE

By Giovanni Quattrochi, Politecnico di Milano

The end-to-end demo based on the Snow Use Case aimed to present to attendees how SODALITE tools and layers can provide multiple benefits for unleashing the best out of data and increasing the efficiency of applications. With SODALITE, specifically, this use case experimented an improvement in the number of images fully processed per second, thanks to GPU cloud task allocation, the parallelism of task steps, and improvement in IO management. Moreover, there was a 5%-10% increase in the accuracy in skyline detection, thanks to the enhanced number of image pre and post-processing with increased performance.

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SODALITE Use Case: KnowGo Car data management and services platform for connected vehicles

By Paul Mundt, ADAPTANT Solutions

The presentation focused on ADAPTANT's KnowGo Car data management and services platform for connected vehicles. Through SODALITE, the platform has experienced benefits in terms of run-time monitoring and refactoring for infrastructure-level reconfiguration, increasing the ability to provide service continuity, providing high-level tooling and abstraction that simplify development, deployment and monitoring of vehicular services for service providers, among others.

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SODALITE Use Case: In silico spinal trials for bone operations assessment and decision-support system

By Ralf Schneider, High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS)

The presentation gave an overview about the development of a simulation process chain supporting in-silico clinical trials of bone-implant-systems in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Osteosynthesis. It showcased how SODALITE eases the use of the methodology for end-users like medical device manufacturers or medical research institutes while significantly reducing the support effort of the developers.

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SODALITE Use Case: Water availability prediction from public mountain images

By Piero Fraternali, Politecnico di Milano

The talk described a component pipeline for acquiring images from public webcams and from content-sharing sites, for using them to monitor and predict environmental phenomena. The pipeline is an archetypal example of distributed workflow architectures applicable to a broad range of environmental problems.

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Panel: Collaboration and synergies with H2020 Projects

Moderated by: Kalman Meth, IBM

The panel aimed to showcase the collaboration with other research projects and initiatives throughout the life of the project.  

Download panel intro presentation HERE

  • Modeling computing continuum applications with the RADON-SODALITE Hybrid Compute Profile
    By Giuliano Casale, RADON Project - Imperial College London

    After giving an overview of the RADON H2020 project, which has focused on defining a DevOps framework to create and manage microservices-based applications that can optimally exploit serverless computing technologies, the talk discusses the RADON-SODALITE collaboration, in which the two projects recently defined an integrated scenario tackling the orchestration of software across HPC, Function-as-a-Service (FaaS), and edge computing. An overview was presented on the experience and its main outcome, the RADON-SODALITE Hybrid Compute Profile (, which makes these results open-source and available to the broader European software engineering community.
    Download the presentation HERE
  • Programming trustworthy Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in a secure framework with PIACERE
    By Leire Orue-Echevarria, PIACERE Project - Tecnalia

    PIACERE enables the automation of several deployment, configuration and management tasks that otherwise would have to be performed manually by an operator. Its solution consists of an integrated DevSecOps framework to develop, verify, release, configure, provision, and monitor infrastructure as code. The main characteristics of this solution are: Virtualization, Cloud Computing Continuum, and (Sec) DevOps philosophy. This talk presented the project's vision, what are they reusing from SODALITE, and finally, the sustainability approach.
    Download the presentation HERE

  • LEXIS Platform: Large-scale execution for Industry & Society
    By Martin Golasowski, LEXIS Project - IT4Innovations, VSB-TU Ostrava

    The LEXIS project is building an advanced engineering platform at the confluence of HPC, Cloud and Big Data, which leverages large-scale geographically-distributed resources from existing HPC infrastructure, employs Big Data analytics solutions, and augments them with Cloud services. Driven by the requirements of pilot test cases, the LEXIS platform relies on best-in-class data management solutions (EUDAT) and advanced distributed orchestration solutions (TOSCA). Thus, LEXIS realises an innovative solution aimed at stimulating the interest of European industry and at creating an ecosystem of organisations that benefit from the LEXIS platform and its well-integrated HPC, HPDA and Data Management solutions