The University of Brasilia is a reference in higher education and research in Brazil. It was created in 1962 with a visionary project and since then, it has been an important institution in the country's capital city. Currently, it has 2.445 professors, 2.630 administrative technicians, 28.570 undergraduate students and 6.304 graduate students. It has 26 faculties and 21 research centers and a strong internationalisation approach, participating in several international programs with Europe, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and North America. The mission of the university is to be an innovation institution, with scientific and academic excellence, ethics, culture and diverse identity.
For this project, two research laboratories of the Department of Computer Science will collaborate with ATMOSPHERE. First, the COMNET (Computer Networks Lab), which was created in 2010. Members of COMNET have expertise in topics of information security, optical networks traffic analysis, networks protocols, traffic analysis, network performance evaluation, cloud computing, quality of service, ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, routing and security protocols, semantic web and multiagent systems, fault-tolerance and distributed systems.
The second laboratory that will contribute is the LaICo (Laboratory of Integrated and Concurrent systems), founded in 2000 to develop academic researches targeting parallel and distributed platforms. The members of LaICo have expertise in parallel algorithms, high performance computing platforms with accelerators (GPUs, FPGAs and Intel Phi), cloud computing and computational biology. To develop and test parallel/distributed strategies and applications, LaICo offers its members 12 GPUs (NVidia and AMD), one Intel Phi, 1one XD2000i platform containing three FPGAs and two CPUs, servers, desktops and notebooks. LaICo has been, and continues to be involved in international cooperation projects with the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain), University of Ottawa (Canada), Stony Brook University (USA), Emory University (USA), and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), among others. The LaICo laboratory is actually composed of five professors, nine PhD students, seven MsC students and many undergraduate students. A PhD Thesis developed in LaICo was awarded the Prize of the Best Brazilian Thesis in Computer Science 2016.
Role in ATMOSPHERE
UnB will lead Community Engagement, Communication and Impact activities from Brazilian side, using its experience coordinating the EUBrasilCloudForum Project to promote the innovation and benefits of ATMOSPHERE to targeted stakeholders, maximise visibility, communicate the results, activate an engaged end-user community, and demonstrate impact. Additionally, UnB will participate in other Work Packages mainly contributing in the metrics of trustworthiness and measurement, management of federated resources, distributed trustworthy data store services, demonstration of the project technologies by pilot and use cases, and in the exploitation and sustainability plans.