Authors: Francisco Brasileiro and Andrey Brito, from Department of Systems and Computing Universidade Federal de Campina Grande Ignacio Blanquer, Institute of Instrumentation for Molecular Imaging (I3M) Universitat Politecnica de Valencia - CSIC

This paper describes the goals of the ATMOSPHERE project, which is a multi-institutional research and development (R&D) effort aiming at designing and implementing a framework and platform to develop, build, deploy, measure and evolve trustworthy, cloud-enabled applications. The proposed system should address the federation of geographically distributed cloud computing providers that rely on lightweight virtualization, and provide access to heterogeneous sets of resources. We discuss some preliminary results, including the architecture that has been proposed to address these challenges.