The TRANSREAL project is a proposal for a Flagship Research Pilot, at a European level, to catalyze a major qualitative advance in the relationship between human beings and the world's computing infrastructure, which we call real-world computing. By real-world computing we mean that the world's computing infrastructure will process complex real-world data to interact with human beings at a human level of sensory input/output and intellectual concepts. Real-world computing will provide full media interchangeability (real-time translation of human languages between textual, audio, and video forms). Real-world computing will extract knowledge from the vast body of raw digital content (text, audio, video) and use it to build creative solutions to problems specified by humans. Real-world computing will provide expert guidance in real time to human activities that require specialized knowledge.


We want to discuss the vision of TRANSREAL and the important role that free and open source software plays on this vision, specially the community around data analysis. TRANSREAL aims to bring together two key disciplines, machine learning and distributed computing, and all relevant application disciplines. Machine learning can solve highly complex problems, which are infeasible to program explicitly. Distributed computing can provide enormous resources orders of magnitude beyond what is currently available, by using the concept of elasticity. We aim to create durable collaborative communities combining all these disciplines, and to build applications of real-world computing. We believe that free and open source communities can largely benefit from TRANSREAL's results, as well as the benefit that TRANSREAL can obtain from free and open source solutions, because they are a key element to build communities. We expect to motivate the FOSS community to become part of the Flagship workprogramme, which will give a chance for the FOSS community to directly influence EU research.

Current FLOSS activities

Two partners of TRANSREAL are strongly related to free software: Initiative de Recherche et Innovation sur le Logiciel Libre (IRILL) and the Free Cloud Alliance (FCA). Also, two of the academic partners has important releases related to the topic. The Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB) maintains Scalaris, a scalable transactional database. The Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) maintains Beernet , a peer-to-peer system with transactional storage, and the Mozart Programming Language.