SyncFree – Large-scale computation without synchronisation

Focus: Large-scale online services including online social networks and multiplayer games handling huge quantities of frequently changing shared data. Growing scalability requirements no longer make it possible to maintain consistency in a centralised cloud. Instead, data must be replicated across several distributed datacentres, requiring new principled approaches to consistency that the SyncFree project will explore.

Coordinator: INRIA, France

Partnership: Basho Technologies, UK; Trifork A/S, Denmark; Rovio Entertainment, Finland; Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal; Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Koç, Űniversitesi, Turkey; Kaiserlautern Technical University, Germany

Impact: Advancing both the theory and practice of large-scale application architectures, especially Conflict-free replicated data types, or CRDTs for short) and related mechanisms. To meet emerging increased scalability requirements from SyncFree partners from enterprise, the project will include an extreme-scale crowd-sourced experiment, pushing the scalability requirements of real-world applications. Making available an open source library of CRDTs for future scalable, distributed applications for lasting impact.

Funding: European Commission, DG CNECT, Software & Services, Cloud, 7th Framework Programme, FP7-ICT Call 10.

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