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AST Research Group

Our research group merges a multidisciplinar team which tackles key investigation lines of telematic services. We mainly work in distributed systems where we have experience in scalable systems (cloud computing, peer-to-peer), web-based infrastructures and mobile and wireless communications. In this field the group is very active and has participated in european and national research projects.


Mission and Objectives

The AST Research Group concentrates on the modeling, the design, the implementation, and the analysis of parallel and distributed systems and algorithms (P2P, Cloud, MANETs, etc.). Our research includes building prototypes of systems to demonstrate the quality of the proposed solutions.


The University

The URV was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time.

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The FP7 CloudSpaces project aims to create the next generation of open Personal Clouds.



StackSync is an open source Personal Cloud that securely syncs your data across all your devices.



ObjectMQ is a lightweight remote object layer that provides synchronous and asynchronous invocation calls.

StackSync awards

We are very proud to announce that StackSync has received a couple of awards from the local institutions.

First, we were awarded with the third prize at the X Premis ReusEmpresa, with the goal of rewarding the top three business ideas from entrepreneurs in the province of Tarragona and encourage them to create a company in 2013. For more information about these awards, please, click here.

We also received a recognition prize at the first edition of the Premis Emprèn offered by the Diputació de Tarragona in the category Emprèn i Sorpren, focused with innovative business projects, which offer a ideas from different points of view that the existing, being creative, resourceful and pioneer in the region. For more information about these awards, please, click here.

And more recently, we were notified that we were awarded with the R2B - Valorització del coneixement 2013. These awards are focused on helping research groups from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili to achieve concrete and specific actions that would boost commercialization and knowledge and technology transference. For more information about these awards, please, click here.

Stacksync Beta

We are happy to announce that Stacksync has finally has reached its Beta phase!

We have created a website for users willing to try StackSync for free. At this moment, we have desktop clients for Windows 7 and Linux, as well as a mobile client for Android. We are working hard to release clients for the rest of operating systems.

We would be very proud if you decided to give it a try and let us know your experience.

Keynote Speech at IEEE P2P'13

Pedro García-López presented a keynote speech at IEEE P2P'13! You can find the content of the speech at

Personal Cloud Measurement Dataset

We are happy to announce that we provide a freely available dataset to the research community. The dataset consists of an active measurement of three major Personal Clouds (Box, DropBox and SugarSync) during more than two months. All the measurement details as well as the files can be found at: You may also find interesting the analysis entitled "Actively Measuring Personal Cloud Storage" published at IEEE Cloud'13. Enjoy!! :)

FP7 CloudSpaces project in the media

The FP7 CloudSpaces project has recently received the attention of regional newspapers and TV stations. The last week Pedro García granted a couple of interviews that we will publish here as soon as possible.

TV3 (in catalan):


Other written media:

El Punt Avui (in catalan)

Tarragona's P2P 2012 in the media

TV3, primary public television channel in Catalonia (in catalan):


Other written media: (in spanish)

ABC newspaper (in spanish)



The AST Research Group organizes the IEEE P2P'12 ( that will be held from September 3 to September 5, 2012 in Tarragona, Spain. The IEEE P2P provides researchers and practitioners with an excellent opportunity to share their research and experience regarding peer-to-peer and large-scale systems.

RealCloud Project meeting


In the context of the RealCloud project, our group is working in novel Personal Cloud solutions. The latest advances in this line were presented in a meeting that took place in Tissat's headquaqrters. Learn more about the progress of our work presented in this meeting.

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