Special Issue "Theoretical and Applied Computer Science in Engineering and Decision Making"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Achraf Jabeur Talmoudi

Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia
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Interests: identification and prediction; Petri Nets; control engineering; optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions of novel research articles for a forthcoming Special Issue of Computers.

This Special Issue is associated with the 5th CODIT'18 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies, held in Thessaloniki (Greece), 10–13 April, 2018. However, it is also open to papers that have not been presented at the conference. High quality research papers are solicited to address theoretical as well as practical issues of computer tools applied in engineering and decision making.

The extended version of papers originally presented at CoDIT'18 must contain about 40% new material and the title of the extended version must clearly and unmistakably differ from the title of the article presented at the conference. Author(s) should cite the CoDIT'18 conference paper.

Topics of interest include all theoretical and practical issues of computer applied to: manufacturing systems, industrial processes, control, robotics, biomedical applications, transportation systems, renewable energy systems, distributed systems, supply chain management, telecommunication, information technology, software engineering, service systems, technology in education, applications in health care, etc. 

Dr. Achraf Jabeur Talmoudi
Guest Editor

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Open AccessArticle Model Structure Optimization for Fuel Cell Polarization Curves
Received: 4 September 2018 / Revised: 30 October 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 9 November 2018
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The applications of evolutionary optimizers such as genetic algorithms, differential evolution, and various swarm optimizers to the parameter estimation of the fuel cell polarization curve models have increased. This study takes a novel approach on utilizing evolutionary optimization in fuel cell modeling. Model
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The applications of evolutionary optimizers such as genetic algorithms, differential evolution, and various swarm optimizers to the parameter estimation of the fuel cell polarization curve models have increased. This study takes a novel approach on utilizing evolutionary optimization in fuel cell modeling. Model structure identification is performed with genetic algorithms in order to determine an optimized representation of a polarization curve model with linear model parameters. The optimization is repeated with a different set of input variables and varying model complexity. The resulted model can successfully be generalized for different fuel cells and varying operating conditions, and therefore be readily applicable to fuel cell system simulations. Full article
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Open AccessReview Extending NUMA-BTLP Algorithm with Thread Mapping Based on a Communication Tree
Received: 22 September 2018 / Revised: 28 November 2018 / Accepted: 29 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
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The paper presents a Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA)-aware compiler optimization for task-level parallel code. The optimization is based on Non-Uniform Memory Access—Balanced Task and Loop Parallelism (NUMA-BTLP) algorithm Ştirb, 2018. The algorithm gets the type of each thread in the source code based
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The paper presents a Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA)-aware compiler optimization for task-level parallel code. The optimization is based on Non-Uniform Memory Access—Balanced Task and Loop Parallelism (NUMA-BTLP) algorithm Ştirb, 2018. The algorithm gets the type of each thread in the source code based on a static analysis of the code. After assigning a type to each thread, NUMA-BTLP Ştirb, 2018 calls NUMA-BTDM mapping algorithm Ştirb, 2016 which uses PThreads routine pthread_setaffinity_np to set the CPU affinities of the threads (i.e., thread-to-core associations) based on their type. The algorithms perform an improve thread mapping for NUMA systems by mapping threads that share data on the same core(s), allowing fast access to L1 cache data. The paper proves that PThreads based task-level parallel code which is optimized by NUMA-BTLP Ştirb, 2018 and NUMA-BTDM Ştirb, 2016 at compile-time, is running time and energy efficiently on NUMA systems. The results show that the energy is optimized with up to 5% at the same execution time for one of the tested real benchmarks and up to 15% for another benchmark running in infinite loop. The algorithms can be used on real-time control systems such as client/server based applications which require efficient access to shared resources. Most often, task parallelism is used in the implementation of the server and loop parallelism is used for the client. Full article
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