Fog Computing : Rennes 1, leader of a European project on a coming revolution

Fog computing combines the advantages of the Cloud (power, storage) with those of connected objects (proximity, real-time applications), using local microcomputer nodes (called "edges") to extend power and storage capacity as close as possible to the user. The European FogGuru project is coordinated by a professor at the Université de Rennes 1 within IRISA. It aims to train doctoral students at the highest level in this field, thus placing Europe in a competitive position with regard to this crucial technological development, promoted by major industrial players.
Fog computing

You said "Fog Computing" ?

Fog computing is a new paradigm for hosting innovative IT applications and services, allowing the use of computing and storage resources located in close proximity to end users. A natural extension of cloud computing, fog computing offers many advantages such as better application interactivity and better use of available resources.

Many major industry players such as Cisco, Huawei, and IBM are investing heavily in this area with the aim of having a significant impact, similar to that of the cloud, on the IT industry.

Geo-distributed computing or "fog computing"


To promote European competitiveness in the field of Fog computin by preparing a generation of professionals for these new technologies and their applications.
The FogGuru programme started on 1 September 2017 and will run for 4 years. It offers eight PhD students a very high level academic and industrial PhD training specifically focused on fog computing.

The 8 PhD students, following a call for applications, will be split between the Université de Rennes 1 in France, the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany and 2 high-tech SMEs (Elastisys in Sweden and U-Hopper in Italy). Each will develop a research topic at one of the two universities in partnership with one of the SMEs, receive EIT Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship training and test the results of their research in the full-scale experimentation laboratory of the Las Naves Foundation in Valencia, Spain.

After the 4 years of the FogGuru project, the 8 PhD students will have become highly specialised in Fog computing, trained in both innovation and entrepreneurship.

A European project

The FogGuru project, financed by the European Union to the tune of 2 million Euros and coordinated by Professor Guillaume Pierre of the University of Rennes 1 within the IRISA laboratory (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires), The project establishes a close collaboration between two prestigious universities (the University of Rennes 1 in France and the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany), two high-tech SMEs (Elastisys in Sweden and U-Hopper in Italy), as well as the EIT Digital Rennes organisation and the Las Naves Foundation, which is developing a full-scale experimental laboratory in Valencia, Spain.

A word from the coordinators

Guillaume Pierre: "FogGuru will train eight talented PhD students through an innovative, cross-sectoral research project to create a new generation of European fog and cloud computing specialists. This very high level of training combines technical and scientific education with training in technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and leads the PhD students through the entire innovation process from basic research to the invention and development of innovative commercial products and services."

According to Dr. Szymon Sroda, Head of Project Coordination at the European Commission, "The objective of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) European doctoral training programmes is to strengthen European human capital in the field of research and innovation and to encourage the development of a generation of highly trained young researchers with an entrepreneurial spirit. Fog computing is a hot topic in the field of computer science, and we are pleased that the FogGuru project addresses this high-potential area with innovative methods and curricula."

IRISA at the heart of an emerging research field

Coordinating this project is a unique opportunity for the Université de Rennes 1 and the IRISA laboratory, of which it is co-supervisor, to position itself at the heart of the emerging and promising research field of Fog computing. It is also a recognition of the scientific excellence of the Rennes site and its capacity to conduct research and doctoral training activities at the highest European level.

Identity card

European project FogGuru - HORIZON 2020 Programme - Marie S. Curie Action Curie Action
Institution: Université de Rennes 1
Project coordinator: University of Rennes 1 - IRISA

Name of the Scientific Leader: Guillaume PIERRE
Laboratory / UMR: Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems (IRISA) - UMR CNRS 6074
Project duration: From 01/09/17 to 31/08/21 (4 years)