Technical feasibility

VALORISATION PLAN: Technical Feasibility

SECTION I: Testing


1 Has the R & D result been tested?


The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1


If yes


1a In what mode has the result been tested?

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing


A research prototype has been developed and tested in simulation runs.




1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
Simulations were carried out on two different parallel platforms and the results compared.  Input data were taken from MODIS from different regions of the globe in order to test the algorithms.  Results show the speed and performance of the processing.  However, further tests will be necessary.


If no:


1c Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
Detailed comment




1d. What is the time needed for testing?
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?



SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development


2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The research team has developed a research prototype that does not yet  seem to be industrially mature.  For production maturity, further development might better be done outside of the research environment in order to comply with industrial requirements.  Otherwise, the research team has the resources and the capacity for further development.

On the other hand, more powerful production environments might be necessary and it should be thought to move the parallel software to an open cluster platform.


2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
The research prototype has some deficiencies that should be addressed:

  • The data used is of very low resolution which might not be sufficient for real situations and more simulations with higher resolution data and thus with higher data rates should be done.
  • The simulations were done with off-line data and not in real time.
  • Two different computing environments were used: a supercomputer BlueGene/P and a heterogeneous  multicomputer cluster.  The expert has some doubts that for a real production environment a BlueGene computer would be available.  The heterogeneous  multicomputer cluster seems promising and sufficiently cheap but consists of only 10 nodes which would not be enough for full deployment.
  • The important open question is the scalability of the solution with respect to both input data and to the parallel computing platform.

Having said this, much more testing would be necessary.

2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
A more powerful heterogeneous  multicomputer cluster;

High resolution input data (which may depend on the requirements of the application).


2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
This is a very promising research area with good results achieved so far.  However, the results and the prototype are still on a pure research level.  The transfer to deployment would need more technical work as indicated above and there is a risk that under realistic real life requirements more problems would occur as for example concerning the feasibility of the algorithms or message passing used.




SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
This is software running on a special environment but does not need any particular materials.  However, as realized and proposed, a special computer room would be necessary with in particular appropriate air conditioning.


  • technologies, tools, machineries
This is a parallel software development and needs an appropriate hardware environment.  This could be a dedicated heterogeneous multicomputer cluster in a closed environment although much more powerful that the cluster of the research laboratory.  The use of an open Internet cluster environment could be considered, but it is not sure whether this provides services for parallel programming.


  • Staff effort
Programmers and computer engineers will be necessary who understand parallel programming and can set up a network of a cluster of computers.



SECTION 4: Overall Assessment


1 What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The validity of the approach has been proven as a research project.  There are however several uncertainties with respect to the technical feasibility for deployment in a real life environment.








Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far   X      
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage   X      
Overall technical feasibility   X      



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