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The project

PHYSICS (oPtimized HYbrid Space-time servIce Continuum in faaS) is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 101017047. The project began in January 2021 with 14 international partners and is scheduled to end in December 2023. Partners include Red Hat, Atos, RYAX, the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), and Harokopio University (Greece).

The project’s goal is to enable application developers to design, implement, and deploy advanced function-as-a-service (FaaS) applications in the scope of advanced cloud application design environments by leveraging proven design patterns and existing libraries of cloud/FaaS components.

Red Hat engineers lead the work package Extended Infrastructure Services with Adaptable Algorithms, where they leverage several community projects to support PHYSICS’s multi-cluster orchestration and connectivity requirements. Some of the projects modified for PHYSICS’ purposes are Submariner and MicroShift. Other projects used include Node-RED and Apache OpenWhisk.


  • Global Deployment and Orchestration Optimization
  • Visual environments and Cloud design patterns
  • Function as a Service Frameworks as a whole
  • Semantic Descriptions
  • Scaling, Controlling and Performance Logic
  • Application adaptation to FaaS


  • GFT
  • Atos
  • Fujitsu
  • Hewlett Packward Enterprise (HPE)
  • Red Hat
  • Ryax
  • Innov-Acts (Innov)
  • InQBit
  • Byte
  • Innovation Sprint (ISPRINT)
  • CybeleTech
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Harokopio University
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DKFI)

To learn more about the PHYSICS project, visit the PHYSICS project page. Read more about it in the Red Hat Research blog.