UNICORE Use Case: Home Automation/IoT

Offloading IoT platform controllers to the cloud is not a new area, yet valid privacy concerns raised by clouds run in different jurisdictions hamper offloading, forcing IoT systems to install hardware in the home to control IoT devices, and reducing economic efficiency. Federated, smaller clouds are a key direction of EU development that aims to enable such offloading to nearby clouds thus retaining the privacy of European users and ensuring compliance to EU general data protection regulation.

In UNICORE, Nextworks have migrated a selected set of application services to unikernels from their Symphony “digital living” platform, a product developed by Nextworks that had initially been deployed in VMs and containers. Several IoT functions have been migrated in unikernel, most of them are improving the performance of the Nextworks IoT platform and have been functionally validated.