The initiative aims to realise a pathway for the understanding and development of the Cloud, Edge and IoT (CEI) Continuum by promoting cooperation between a wide range of research projects, developers and suppliers, business users and potential adopters of this new technological paradigm.

The initiative will promote the establishment of a global and open ecosystem for the Cloud-Edge-IoT technologies by supporting industries and researchers to create impact, promoting the link between open source and open standards, and engaging relevant industrial alliances in actions directed toward open approaches. The project will act as an enabling force, serving and empowering the community towards reaching multiple key outcomes, including a baseline common open architecture for computing continuum research projects, a reinforced collaboration between European public and private initiatives from cloud to edge to IoT, and increased awareness of the importance of Open Source and standards for EU digital autonomy. These contributions, arising from project results, will evolve towards larger-scale impacts and strategic objectives for European technological, economic, and societal advancement. is also engaging in standardisation efforts and initiatives by investigating approaches to contribute to standards through associated open-source implementations and by supporting computing continuum research projects on pre-standardisation and standardisation initiatives. 

Collaboration with Emeralds

EMERALDS has recently become part of the EUCloudEdgeIoT Cluster among other Research and Innovation Projects, a portfolio of initiatives in the CEI Computing Continuum that ensure consistent exploitation of the project's outcomes to help regain European competitiveness in core internet infrastructures. 

The EMERALDS project joined the Task Force 6 - Communications, and is now part of a rich community of projects, whose aim is to assist in the coordination and dissemination with stakeholders from the Cloud, Edge and IoT ecosystems.

As part of a series of cooperative dissemination and communication activities, EMERALDS and EUCloudEdgeIoT were part of the European Big Data Value Forum 2023 Joint Workshop. The main topic of the workshop was the impact of research projects on the future of the Computing Continuum and the current industry challenges, to which both EUCloudEdgeIot and EMERALDS hope to find solutions. The UNLOCK-CEI session, as part of the EUCloudEdgeIoT initiative, offered insights into the transportation sector, emphasising cloud-edge-IoT applications, and featured presentations on various mobility use cases and solutions.