SAMOA Secure and Scalable Platform for Massive-scale Mobile Applications

01/01/2018 to 31/12/2021

Mobile applications have become the platform of choice for deploying innovative services. The interaction among users plays a central role in many of these novel applications, including multi-user games, applications for enhancing user experience in large events and touristic activities, among others. Traditional cloud-based architectures, where all interactions are mediated by servers lead to scalability and reliability issues.
 In this project we propose adopting a decentralized architecture where mobile devices communicate directly and rely on cloud and edge resources for providing efficient, highly available and reliable solutions. To make these solutions a reality, we are focusing on the following three main challenges:
 * Efficient communication among clients: we are developing efficient qnd robust overlay algorithms to support the communications among the elements of the system. These algorithms are combining the use of peer-to-peer connection among mobile client for fast interaction and the use of connections with edge and cloud node for providing robustness and ease management.
 * Algorithms for partially replicated data: as each user is only interested in a small fraction of the data maintained by the system, and that the data evolves over time, it is necessary to develop algorithm for partial and dynamic replication.
 * Security mechanisms: we are focusing primarily on preventing unauthorized operations, while still allowing fast peer-to-peer interaction among mobile nodes. In this context, we are working not only on algorithms for providing security guarantees but also on programming abstractions for dealing with the problem.

Monday, 10 December, 2018


Outcomes and key themes from ICT 2018 Session on Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society

On 5 December 2018, the Digital Single Market of the European Commission sponsored a session on the topic of “Cybersecurity as key for a Digital Economy and Society”. The highly-popular session (over 90 attendees) took place on 5 December 2018 within the flagship ICT2018 Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director General, EC – DG CNECT, kicked off the session with an overview of some of the most pressing issues of the day in cybersecurity: