Compatible One Kick-Off Meeting November 04, 2010
Imagine a world where all companies have servers connected at 1,000 Mbps (the fiber speed already at the disposal of the average Japanese user). The heat generated by the servers is recovered and used for heating offices in winter. In the summer, when air conditioning is on, the servers are turned off during the day and replaced by servers hosted in another hemisphere or time zone where electricity is not only a less rare commodity but also cheaper. Data are automatically computer-generated from one region of the planet to another. In this world, the distributed nature of the Internet is used to reduce energy consumption, preserve data confidentiality, optimize costs and create a more secure Web that is less subject to interruptions in service than the centralized Web server farms vaunted by Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.
The mission of COMPATIBLE ONE is to play a role in the emergence of just such a world where an economic model based on sharing and optimizing Cloud resources and allowing the growth of new activities will become reality through unimpeded access to technologies.
To achieve this, COMPATIBLE ONE proposes two things. First, a meta-model derived from the concepts of Grid Computing of contracts for the supply of resources. Second, a free/open source reference Cloudware stack (a set of Cloud software and APIs) that can be freely installed on any server to supply, manage, control and exchange resources. This model, and that Cloudware, will apply not only to scientific computing, modeling and simulation (HPC on demand) but also to enterprise computing in the Cloud in all its forms: ERP, CRM, ECM, Wiki, e-commerce, communication, etc.
COMPATIBLE ONE will establish the foundations of a Cloud based on free competition, i.e., no "vendor lock-in” or a vendor holding all the cards, and will afford the freedom to entrepreneurs for innovation.
Models, APIs and software developed by COMPATIBLE ONE will be available in open source through OW2. They will serve, after some possible extensions, as the basis to commercial offers of industrial Cloud and to future Cloud projects specialized according to business sector.