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Heterogeneous and Distributed Services for the Future Computing Continuum

14 January 2014

ATC participates in the HEADS (Heterogeneous and Distributed Services for the Future Computing Continuum) Project, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 Programme.

The HEADS project leverages Model-Driven Software Engineering and generative programming techniques to provide a new integrated software engineering approach which enables the advanced exploitation of the full range of diversity and specificity of the future computing continuum. The main scope of the HEADS project is to develop an open-source Integrated Development Environment (IDE) supporting the collaboration between platform experts (having a deep knowledge of a reduced set of platforms) and service developers (needing to deal with a large set of platforms to develop added-value services). This IDE will include a Domain Specific Modeling Language and a methodology for the specification, validation, deployment and evolution of software-intensive services distributed across the future computing continuum. The HEADS IDE will benefit to services developers by allowing them to easily exploit a set of heterogeneous platform (mobile devices, sensors, smart objects, etc.) in the design of their cloud based services. The HEADS IDE will also benefit platform experts which can capitalize their knowledge of a specific platform as a reusable plug-in for the HEADS IDE. Depending on the platforms and commercial objectives the HEADS plug-ins can be developed with different licensing models ranging from open-source to fully proprietary.

The HEADS consortium comprises six partners: Stiftelsen Sintef (SINTEF), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Geographical Infrastructure Solutions Limited (M2Mzone), Tellu AS (Tellu AS), Software AG (SOFTWARE AG) and Athens Technology Center S.A. (ATC).

ATC is one of the two use case providers of the project. NewsAsset, a commercial project owned by the company will be enhanced based on HEADS objectives and envisioned achievements. ATC is leading the requirements and scenarios elicitation work package and activities.

The project started in October 2013 and has a duration of 36 months.

For more information: contact: Mr. Ilias Spais, email: i.spais [at]