The DECENTER project meeting took place in the period from 22–24 October 2019 in Grenoble. In a very lively meeting, the partners discussed the reviewers’ comments and suggestions and made decisions on how to address them.
As a next step in the process, we are focused on elaborating the use cases in the context of the DECENTER platform, in particular, what DECENTER benefits from these use cases, and what the use cases benefit from DECENTER. The current status of implementation of the use cases was discussed and their innovative features.
From architectural viewpoint, we discussed in detail the novelty brought by the Digital Twin technology, and how it is to be used in the context of the project, the advanced new orchestration mechanism that will take into account the requirements to dynamically exchange AI methods during the operation of AI applications, and the usage context of the Brokerage Platform that may operate not only for computing resource, but also for the brokerage of AI models.
Several tasks of our AI-related work package deal with the need to split AI models, so that they can be used into several computing tiers, for example, the front part of a Deep Neural Network can be deployed close to the Edge, and the rear part can be deployed »somewhere« in the Fog/Cloud. The partners had an in-depth discussion about the use of various (e.g. federated) learning mechanisms for AI considering the possible arrangement of applications in multiple computing tiers.
A DECENTER application can be arranged in two or more computing tiers, and our goals here are also to address the Quality of Service requirements when deployed in the Fog. This requires the implementation of a specific monitoring system. A very important requirement for the management of Service-Level Agreements by the platform is that the Quality of Service model is capable of providing assurances, ranking and verification of the application deployment options.
Cross-border data management which includes the necessity to freely move AI models from one country to another while respecting various regulations, permissions, certification and other requrements was also discussed during the meeting. The partners agreed to an interesting and innovative path to cross-border data management that includes the use of Blockchain, which will be implemented and revealed in the forthcoming period.
Other topics discussed were the improvements of the Web site, the dissemination, standardisation and exploitation activities and management. The meeting was led by our coordinator Dr Domenico Siracusa in such an effective way that all partners now have plenty of immediate duties to follow. The next project meeting will take place from February 11–13, 2020, in Slovenia, a small, beautiful country on the Sunny Side of the Alps.