We have officially started the Mikelangelo project with a kick-off meeting in Ljubljana. Mikelangelo’s vision is to achieve significantly improved responsiveness, agility and security of virtual infrastructure through packaged applications, using the lean guest operating system OSv and super fast hypervisor – sKVM. Our mission is to provide the private cloud community with technologies for fast, agile, and secure Cloud and application deployments in diverse hardware environments. All members of the consortium have met in Slovenia’s capital for two full days, to kick-off our project. The kick-off meeting took place in the city centre of Ljubljana, which is our project coordinator’s capital. We convened from 26.1. until 27.1. to get to know each other in person and to begin our work on the project. There were twenty one attendees from nine organisations in four countries. This meeting finally allowed us to talk in person to the people whom we only have talked to via phone during the proposal phase and during grant agreement preparation. Besides the regular meetings, we had the opportunity to discuss various matters and enjoy a delicious meal during a social dinner, to which we have been invited by our host XLAB.
During the kick-off work-package leaders have introduced their work-packages in a plenary meeting. This introduction provided an overview of the basic work that needs to be done in each of the work packages. For technical work packages we have recapped the state of the art, its limitations, and our approaches to advance the state of the art. You can get a basic overview about these contents in our page about the Mikelangelo’s technical background. For each work package, we have then presented a short roadmap including upcoming deadlines and the next steps. You can review the list of our upcoming deliverables on a separate page. Mikelangelo contains seven work packages, of which five work packages revolve around technical content. The kick-off’s agenda included talks for each of the work packages:
- WP1: Project Management – Daniel Vladušič (XLAB, Project Coordinator), Gregor Berginc (XLAB, Technical Coordinator)
- WP2: Use case & Architecture Analysis – Michael Gienger (HLRS)
- WP3: Hypervisor Implementation – Razya Ladelsky (IBM)
- WP4: Guest Operating System – Nadav Har’El (Cloudius Systems)
- WP5: Infrastructure Integration – John Kennedy (Intel)
- WP6: Evaluation and Validation – Peter Chronz (GWDG, Communication Manager)
- WP7: Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Collaboration – Daniel Vladusic (XLAB, Project Coordinator)
During the kick-off we have reviewed our first results in the context of project management, technical work, and evangelism. XLAB have prepared a structure for project management. This structure contains processes for communication, authoring, and reporting. The processes for technical collaboration handle issues such as ticketing systems, code reviews, and code management. Finally, we had a review of the evangelism campaign, with our project web site as a first tangible result.
During the upcoming months we will commence with the technical work, extend our online presence, and document the project setup in public deliverables. In the context of technical work, we will collect requirements from use cases, we will draft an initial architecture, and set up test beds in at least two data centres. In terms of external communication, we have already begun the work on our web site, which includes authoring content, creating a design, and setting up a social media presence. We will publish documentation of our work in form of public deliverables on this web site. Furthermore, we will report on our progress on in this blog and via our social media accounts regularly. Why not follow us now on Twitter?