• Associated partner of ruhrvalley

    We are glad to announce that cloudSME is associated partner of the ruhrvalley.
    Have a closer look at the ruhrvalley!

    The ruhrvalley is a R&D association for innovations that are useful for our society and is connected to companies and universities in the Ruhr area of Germany.
    cloudSME loves to support other innovations, startups, SMEs as well as the wealth of our society – that is the reason to invest into cooperation and partnerships.

    We are looking forward for a successful partnership and further development with the ruhrvalley.

  • Dynamic and safe in the cloud

    German startup cloudSME presents European Innovation Action COLA at the HANNOVER MESSE 2017

    European Innovation Action COLA (Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application – www.project-cola.eu) develops reference implementations of a generic and pluggable framework that supports the optimal, secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications on the cloudSME multi-cloud platform.

    cloudSME, one of the core partners of COLA, will demonstrate several use cases which illustrate the feasibility of COLA’s cloud technology in the areas of simulation based evacuation modelling,  and social and open data analysis to develop and improve public services.

    COLA’s objective is to develop a generic open-source toolkit, called MiCADO (Microservice-based Cloud Application-level Dynamic Orchestrator) that facilitates the automatic scalability of applications with improved security in the cloud.

    MiCADO Services enable a wide range of applications to auto-scale the resources needed in a dynamic and efficient way. The well-defined interfaces of MiCADO  facilitate its seamless integration into existing applications without major reengineering of the applications’ original code. MiCADO provides full control for its operators by automatically enforcing user-defined quality of service parameters. If needed, the application can scale its resources up or down to guarantee optimal execution and efficient resource utilization. MiCADO will enable application developers in the private and public sectors to create cloud-aware, adaptive and secure applications without getting lost in the low level details of cloud computing.

    cloudSME, a European startup and Competence Center for cloud-based HPC simulation, has developed a European cloud-based one-stop-shop solution to provide a scalable platform for small and large scale simulations. The cloudSME Simulation Platform is linked with more than 20 cloud infrastructures and HPC centers in Europe and supports end-user SMEs to utilize customized simulation applications in the form of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) based provision. Furthermore, simulation software providers and consulting companies have access to a PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solution to quickly assemble custom simulation applications in the cloud for their clients. Simulations facilitate optimization and as a consequence enable companies to improve their competitiveness and enhance their workflows and services efficiently.

    cloudSME will attend the HANNOVER MESSE 2017 from the 24th to 28th April at hall 3, booth E02 with the COLA project and other projects of the European I4MS initiative.

  • German Press Release: Projekt COLA – Europäisches Forschungsprojekt zu skalierenden Cloud-Computing-Anwendungen startet

    Das Kickoff-Meeting des Projektes COLA (Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application) fand vom 25.- 27. Januar 2017 auf Einladung des Projektkoordinators Dr. Tamas Kiss von der University of Westminster in London statt. Es kamen 30 Vertreter von 11 KMUs und 3 Universitäten aus ganz Europa zusammen, um die strategische Entwicklung und Ziele von COLA zu diskutieren.

    COLA ist eine Innovation Action [Projekt ID: 731574], die durch Europäische Kommission im Rahmen des HORIZON2020 Programms über 30 Monate von Januar 2017 bis Juni 2019 gefördert wird.

    Cloud-Computing Services entwickeln sich schnell und der Mehrwert für öffentliche Institutionen und Unternehmen wird zunehmend deutlicher. Insbesondere KMUs (kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen) bietet sich dabei die Möglichkeit, per SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) auf Dienste von verschiedenen Anbietern zuzugreifen, anstatt selbst in Hardware, Software und dessen Wartung zu investieren. Cloud-Computing wird so bezahlbar, Sicherheitsbedenken und geringe Flexibilität verhindern jedoch oftmals noch einen breiteren Einsatz.

    Das neu gestartete Europäische Forschungsprojekt COLA entwickelt – basierend auf Open-Source Ansätzen – eine flexible Software-Architektur, um Cloud-Services skalierbar und sicher über Multi-Cloud-Plattformen zu nutzen. Das Forschungsprojekt COLA wird mittels einer offenen Software-Architektur an Anwendungsfällen demonstrieren, wie Cloud-Technologie in Bereichen wie Notfall-Evakuierungen, technischer Simulation und Modellierung und Analyse von öffentlichen Daten zum Einsatz kommen kann.

    Download der Pressemitteilung hier oder im Media Center mit Image Library.

  • Innovation Action “COLA” – cloudSME faces new challenges

    Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application (COLA)
    www.project-cola.eu

    cloudSME faces new challenge in cooperation with 10 other SMEs and 3 Universities spread in Europe

    Nowadays cloud computing is more common and the need to use cloud computing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as in public organizations rapidly increase. The additional value for SMEs is obvious – there is no longer the need to make large investments with long term operational costs, instead they can use cloud based services on demand to meet their needs effectively and cost efficient. On the other hand the take up of cloud computing by SMEs and the public sector is still relatively low due to limited application-level flexibility and also security concerns, the new project “COLA” aims to increase the security, usability and flexibility of cloud based services.

    The Cloud Orchestration at the Level of Application (COLA) Innovation Action [project ID: 731574] aims to increase the adoption of cloud computing services by the above mentioned two strategic target communities, SMEs & public sector. Typical industry- and public- sector applications require resource scalability and efficient resource utilization in order to serve a variable number of customers with dynamic resource demands, and to suitably optimize resource consumption and costs.

    The overall objective of the COLA project is that by building on and extending current research results, it will define and provide a reference implementation of a generic and pluggable framework that supports the optimal and secure deployment and run-time orchestration of cloud applications.

    COLA will demonstrate the applicability and impact of the solution via large scale near operational level SME and public sector pilots and demonstrators, and will also define a clear pathway how the innovation can be delivered to the market. The Innovation Action “COLA” will start at January 1st and will run for 30 months.

    The “COLA” project is an Innovation Action, initiated by the European Commission and part of the Horizon2020. The project team of “COLA” includes 14 companies out of 6 different countries from Europe, including the United Kingdom, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Germany. The coordinator of the “COLA” project is Dr. Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster (UK), the University of Westminster already coordinated the cloudSME FP7 research project.

    The University of Westminster (www.westminster.ac.uk) is a public research university in London, United Kingdom. Westminster’s academic activities are organised into seven faculties and schools, within which there are around 45 departments. The University of Westminster will be represented in the consortium by the Research Centre for Parallel Computing (CPC), a distinguished and recognised university research centre. The CPC has two missions. First, it is a centre of excellence in high-performance parallel computing. Second, it collaborates and supports research and industry communities and teams within and outside the University to create and run scientific and commercial applications on computing infrastructures.

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  • Attend our free webinar on Software Integration With Docker on cloudSME

    Containers revolutionise the way, how server applications are being installed and run. This makes deployment extremely easy and fast. As Docker, which is the probably most famous and so far the best container solution, was enabled on the cloudSME platform, the publication of your software can be managed in the twinkling of an eye.

    This free webinar on 12 May will show you:

    • how Docker works on cloudSME
    • how easy the publication and operation of your software can be using the cloudSME platform
    • how easy software can be run on the cloudSME platform

    cloudSME offers a cloud service marketplace and management platform that enables your company to distribute web-based services in the field of Modeling and Simulation (MSaaS) and engineering (Industrie 4.0, IoT).

    If you’re interested in participating in the webinar, please register here.

  • cloudSME start-up is part of the stand of European Commission at the Hanover Fair

    Foto 6This week was a very busy week for cloudSME that is about to promote its products to the public on two events. During the whole week, cloudSME is part of the large stand of the European Commission at this year’s Hannover Fair. As a former EU-funded research and development project (FP7 / H2020) cloudSME is part of the presentation of the European Commission, which was visited by Günther Oettinger, the digital Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and many other interested people during the last days. Secondary, cloudSME was part of the NAFEMS German Conference which again was a great event to be at having the opportunity to meet the A-List of software developing companies in the area of CFD simulation. cloudSME’s CEO, Andreas Ocklenburg, held a speech on Wednesday at the HPC Cloud Panel there. cloudSME will still be at the Hannover fair until Friday 29th April and we would be happy if you visit us there: hall 7, Stand E04, booth C40.

  • Attend our free webinar on how Docker works on cloudSME!

    Containers revolutionise the way, how server applications are being installed and run. This makes deployment extremely easy and fast. As Docker, which is the probably most famous and so far the best container solution, was enabled on the cloudSME platform, the publication of your software can be managed in the twinkling of an eye.

    This free webinar on 22 April will show you:

    • how Docker works on cloudSME
    • how easy the publication and operation of your software can be using the cloudSME platform

    If you’re interested in participating in the webinar, we would be happy if you’d register here.

  • Visit our booth at the Hannover fair from 25 to 29 April!

    HANNOVER-Messe-logo_2016 Since we still cooperate with the I4MS initiative which was our umbrella organisation during the funding period over the last two and a half years, we’re going to join their large booth at the Hannover fair from 25 to 29 April having an own presentation stand there.
    The Hannover fair is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology.
    Visitors will find there all key technologies and core areas of industry – from research and development, industrial automation, IT, industrial supply, production technologies and services to energy and mobility technologies.

    Don’t miss this great opportunity! We would be really happy if you visit us at the booth E07 of the I4MS initiative in hall 7!

    We’re looking forward to meet you there!

  • What’s more advantageous? Simulation vs. Spreadsheets.

    Which tool is right for my project?

    Data Scientists, Industrial Engineers, and Analysts carry out analysis every day using a variety of tools ranging from complex 3D modeling software to simply a pencil and paper. With the evolution of analysis software, it can be difficult to decide the right tool for the job. Using something too powerful and complex can be like using a hydraulic digger to plant a flower – unnecessary! However, underestimating the depth of analysis required and choosing something too simplistic early in a project can result in repeated work later. Rather than focusing on these far ends of the spectrum, this short paper aims to answer the question of the differences between using Discrete Event Simulation and spreadsheet analysis. It looks at different aspects of analysis, and discusses the benefits and flaws of each method in order to help engineers make an informed decision on the right tool for their work.

    Assumptions or Accuracy?

    For basic, static analysis, spreadsheets are often the right tool. However, the reliance on their accuracy must be relative to the importance of the problem being tackled. There are a few key aspects of analysis which spreadsheets cannot handle as well as simulation; parameters changing over time, resource constraints, queues and variability. These tend to be where assumptions are made with spreadsheet simulations, and averages are used. For quick analysis this may give an answer or, as Sam Savage comments in his book, ‘The Flaw of Averages’, if you use averages as your inputs, you will get the average outcome, not what will actually happen on this occasion.

    The Law of Averages

    The deterministic nature of spreadsheets means that they will by default use averages to calculate any variable event – such as arrival rates or resource capacity. Simulation allows users to easily select distributions and use ‘randomness’ to model the variability of any event, or even interdependent events. This will increase how close to real life the model will reflect. In other words, how accurate the final data will be. For instance, in the grocery store it takes an average of 5 minutes to serve each customer. In real life, it takes 3 minutes to serve the customer if they have 4 items; it takes 7 minutes if they have 20 items. Approximating means results such as resource utilization and customer waiting time can be inaccurate. Simulation gives you the flexibility to describe events and timings as they actually are in real life.

    Real Life Variability

    Spreadsheets let you model a steady state scenario but simulation lets you build in random occurrences, like a cash register breaking down, and see the effects of this further down the line. Simulation also lets you add business rules unique to your process. A spreadsheet can model that you only require your fabric -folding machine for 10% of the work you do, but it will miss that the two operators tend to need the folding machine at the same time each week. The time wasted by one operator waiting is an interaction spreadsheet analysis will miss.

    Constraints

    C-Tools-Kopie-1Most processes are constrained by resources, whether it’s the availability of equipment or people. Often you can have 2 or 3 simultaneous events, all of which require the capacity of a single resource. The demand for this resource can cause knock-on effects throughout the process, which a spreadsheet will not account for. It cannot take into account further constraints such as people’s skill level or shift patterns, or one off events such as the breakdown of equipment.

    Accurate Forecasting

    A spreadsheet is designed for static analysis, providing quantitative results for each period of time you set it to calculate. Future predictions are, therefore, difficult to accomplish, but a dynamic simulation tool can be used to consider how key metrics will perform in the future, based on how they have previously performed and the changes you are making to your system.

    Visual Analysis

    Screenshot_SIMUL8_scheduleOne of the most obvious differences is the level of visual analysis available in the two software options. Spreadsheets offer static numbers, graphs and charts – all easily manipulated and exported to the presentation method of your choice.
    An animated simulation allows you to see the actual work items flowing through your system, allowing for easy model validation, and quicker ‘buy in’ from less technical team members and managers. When the model for analysis accurately reflects the layout of your real life process, and the charts dynamically update as the model runs, it is easy to spot problems and inaccuracies quickly.

    Communications

    Simulation can be very visual software, helping you to achieve buy-in on your plans. You can show your animated simulation to clients and colleagues and even let them try out different scenarios and compare different results. When you create a visual representation of the process which people can relate to real life, it can be very powerful However, while spreadsheet software is a widely used enterprise solution, allowing you to easily share your data with others, simulation software is less commonly owned which can make sharing your ideas more difficult. This is not a new problem, and many simulation software companies, such as SIMUL8, who have provided solutions, such as making free simulation viewers, and even secure online sharing portals where people only need a web browser to view and make changes to simulations. Simulation is an extremely helpful tool, especially when it’s offered in an easy manner,
    like a template solution for example. What does this mean? SIMUL8 and Saker Solutions for example, developed various SIMUL8_Corp_Logotemplate applications which can be used by a great number of companies from different industries with the typical industry specific manufacturing chain. It’s simply available on cloudSME and can be run without the need of previous knowledge regarding simulation software.

    Summary

    Spreadsheets are best when there is little interaction in a process so ‘unintended consequences’ are minimum. They also can be used for high level analysis where the presentation of information is not important. Simulation models real life variability and randomness. Yes, you may have 10 operators available for the 3 winder machines, but only 1 can operate the newest one as the others haven’t been trained yet. Details like this severely impact your process, but can be missed in static, average models. These and other advantages make simulation a more powerful and flexible tool than a spreadsheet for building models. Many simulation tools link to spreadsheets, using them as databases for inputs and outputs, highlighting further that where spreadsheets’ capabilities end, simulations’ start. Spreadsheets are ideal for small analysis and will always be an invaluable part of a Process Improvement toolkit. But to take your process improvements off the page and show others the value you know is there, choose simulation.

  • cloudSME software webinar: Empower your software with cloudSME

    Software onboarding made easy – that’s the focus of the first cloudSME webinar on 4 March 2016. The webinar will take place at 2pm (CET).

    FB_Banner_1st_Webinar2016cloudSME offers a cloud service marketplace and management platform that enables your company to distribute web-based services in the field of Modeling and Simulation (MSaaS) and engineering (Industrie 4.0, IoT). Software integration on the cloudSME platform is very easy and can be achieved in a few minutes, but cloudSME also offers various other integration options that might be more suitable to the software vendors business model.

    The first webinar will:

    • introduce you to easy deployment, management and scalability of applications on a powerful cloud platform,
    • provide insights into the world of cloud computing for beginners and advanced users and
    • give opportunity to receive free proof of concept consultation from cloud and grid computing experts.

    As the first webinar is already fully booked, a second webinar will be organised for 18 March. Other dates will follow.

    For interested software vendors there will be also individual webinars with personal consultation.

    For registration, click here.

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