Cloud computing is undoubtedly one of the main computing paradigms existing today. In recent years it has attracted the interest of both the academic and industrial worlds thanks to its interesting properties, such as elasticity, flexibility and computational power, among many others. Cloud computing is becoming very popular and has extended across Internet users thanks to the wide variety of services it provides, from high performance computing to storage or web services.
Cloud providers need to face many different optimisation problems in order to provide the best service to their users and to minimise their costs. Metaheuristics are well-known optimisation methods that have proved to be extremely useful in many different domains. In the cloud, metaheuristics are being used to optimise a variety of problems focused on minimising energy consumption, optimising data allocation and replication, or maximising the use of resources, among others.
This special issue will focus on novel solutions that contribute to the optimisation of problems that are identified in the framework of the cloud.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Optimisation of cloud-related problems
- New parallel metaheuristics for the cloud
- Energy efficiency in the cloud
- Scheduling in the cloud
- Optimisation of data centres and cloud networking
- Optimisation of protocols for the cloud
- Optimisation of data management in the cloud
- Optimisation of services for the cloud
- Efficient virtualisation and consolidation
- Metaheuristics for security in the cloud
- Metaheuristics for reliability in the cloud
Full paper submission due: 15 January, 2015 (extended)