CLASSe - About the project

CLASSe - Cloud-ABFAB Federation Services in eduroam


To investigate the use of Application Bridging for Federated Access Beyond web (ABFAB) technology for cloud services.


The project will initially investigate the use of ABFAB technology for cloud services using as a reference implementation the integration of Moonshot into OpenStack - the suitability of the Moonshot/OpenStack prototype implementation produced by the University of Kent prior to CLASSe starting, will be validated for use over GÉANT with deployment and installation guides produced. Subsequently, CLASSe will test solutions to improve traditional Single Sign-On (SSO), and research on solutions of real SSO to provide access to cloud services without further authentication in the eduroam network (cloud-to-cloud SSO and network-to-cloud SSO). Finally, CLASSe will research and design solutions to support the dynamic formation of communities of interest (CoIs), so that any users will be able to form their own CoIs for access to their own private cloud services. This will negate the need to have a separate Virtual Organisation Membership Service (VOMS) as is necessary in today's grids.


October 2013 - March 2015


GÉANT OpenCall Description



GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe's National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). Together we connect over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as energy, the environment, space and medicine.

Operating at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains the largest and most advanced research and education network in the world.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU's 7th Research and Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is a flagship e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area - a seamless and open European space for online research - and assuring world-leading connectivity between Europe and the rest of the world in support of global research collaborations.

The network and associated services comprise the GÉANT project (GN3plus), a collaborative effort comprising 41 project partners: 38 European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic countries). GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe's NRENs. For more information, visit

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