Title: SCALE-UP: Services for the Swiss Cloud for Academic and Learning Experts

Coordinator: SWITCH


  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern Switzerland, FHNW
  • Fernfachhochschule Schweiz, FFHS
  • University of Berne, UNIBE
  • University of Basel, UNIBAS
  • Università della Svizzera Italiana, USI
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL
  • University of St.Gallen, UNISG
  • FHS St.Gallen, FHSG

Funded by: CUS 2013-2016 P-2 from swissuniversities


In this project ICCLab is involved in three work packages, including one where ICCLab is the lead. In SCALE-UP,  a Distributed Computing Platform (DCP) in the cloud will be developed that will allow researchers to provision and use their favourite data-processing framework (among a multitude of supported frameworks including HadoopSparkStorm, etc.) on-demand over popular cloud frameworks such as OpenStack. For researchers who may not know the most suitable framework for their data processing needs, the DCP will provide a matching algorithm that will guide the researcher to the most suitable framework interactively. It is foreseen that ICCLab will leverage the capabilities of Hurtle (http://hurtle.it) while implementing the DCP in this project.

The figure below shows the high-level architecture envisioned in the entire SCALE-UP project.
SCALE-UP Architecture

ICCLab will bring in their advance rating-charging-billing framework, Cyclops (http://icclab.github.io/cyclops/) into SCALE-UP. Cyclops will be integrated into existing cloud infrastructure offered by SWITCH. The goal here is to enable SWITCH and partner institutions (Swiss universities, research labs, etc.) implement most-suitable pricing and billing models for any tools and services they offer to the community. This will significantly advance the self-sustainability of various product and services being developed as part of this project. Towards this target, a marketplace is envisioned and Cyclops framework will be customized to support self-configuration of billing models for products and services launched via this marketplace.

An easy-to-use VM onboarding toolkit will be developed which would help researchers across all disciplines of science and technology move their local test VMs from Virtualbox environment into the SWITCH cloud.

The SCALE-UP project officially runs until end of Dec. 2017. The ICCLab initiatives involved in this project are Distributed Computing in the Cloud and Rating-Charging-Billing.