The WASP Research Arena for Operational Data (Ops) is a dynamic research arena designed to unite the Swedish industry and academia to address cutting-edge challenges in data-driven operational research.

Objective of WARA Ops

At WARA Ops, our goal is to create an advanced infrastructure for storing and processing operational data. This empowers users to efficiently store, analyze, process, and visualize extensive operational datasets. We are not just about data; we are fostering a collaborative environment where users can connect, share insights, propose challenges, and explore research questions. This arena is a pivotal enabler, promoting substantial research collaborations within the WASP community, all under one national umbrella.

Research Focus Areas

Our emphasis at WARA Ops revolves around two pivotal areas:

  1. Anomaly Detection: We are assembling datasets accompanied by research challenges like intrusion detection and denial-of-service attacks. These datasets encompass system and software log files, lists of access request, and more.
  2. Autonomous management: We are providing datasets to drive research into autonomous management systems that predict future demand, detect changes in user/network/hardware behavior, and more. Examples includes power reduction use metrics such as CPU/Disk/Network/Memory usage over time, alongside power consumption data.

Research Potential

The implications of our research stretch across an array of domains, from online services, communication systems, and automation services to energy management, financial systems, online retail, and data centers—both in the cloud and at the edge. This extends to software build systems and CI/CD pipelines.


At Ops, we have streamlined data storage, cataloging, and scalable CPU-based environment for interactive data exploration, processing, and visualization. This naturally complements the Berzelius service, which centers on GPU-intensive AI/ML workloads.

WARA Ops Evolution

Building upon the foundation of WARA Common, Ops is professionally managed by Ericsson Research, expanding and enriching our service portfolio. We include access to a live 5G network, a full-scale cloud service, and the monitoring data they generate. We are keen on engaging our partner network to source datasets.

Read more about our data portal, and see the latest news, on our website.

Expected Outcomes

Ops aims to deliver tools for data collection, methods for online processing, and a collaborative ecosystem for researchers and partners. Expected research outputs of WARA Ops are self-learning anomaly detection mechanisms, root cause analysis strategies, and system theory for the control of large-scale systems.


Johan Eker

Co-Project Manager WARA Ops, Adj. member AMG, Ericsson Research

Paul Townend

Co-Project Manager WARA Ops, Associate Professor, Department of Computing Science, Umeå University
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