Special Issue "Performance Evaluation in the Era of Cloud and Edge Computing"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Network Virtualization and Edge/Fog Computing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maria Carla Calzarossa
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale & Informazione, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Interests: performance evaluation; workload characterization; cloud computing; social networks
Dr. Marco L. Della Vedova
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Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Interests: scheduling; machine learning; stochastic modeling; workload forecasting; cloud computing
Prof. Dr. Luisa Massari
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale & Informazione, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Interests: performance evaluation; workload characterization; benchmarking; social networks; computer networks
Prof. Dr. Daniele Tessera
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Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Interests: performance evaluation; workload characterization; benchmarking; cloud computing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cloud and edge computing technologies are being used at present to deploy a large variety of sophisticated services and applications characterized by different service level requirements. To satisfy these requirements as well as user expectations, it is necessary to measure, assess, and predict the performance of these complex technological infrastructures and their workloads. The peculiarities of these technologies and variability of the workload intensity and characteristics open new performance challenges, for example, dealing with dynamic resource provisioning under uncertainty, workload forecasting, load distribution, and data-flow scheduling. Methodologies, techniques, and tools for performance evaluation have to cope with these challenges.

This Special Issue is soliciting contributions presenting state-of-the art, original solutions or case studies in the field of performance evaluation of cloud and edge computing infrastructures and services. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: 

  • Monitoring;
  • Benchmarking;
  • Workload characterization;
  • Modeling;
  • Simulation.

Prof. Dr. Maria Carla Calzarossa
Dr. Marco L. Della Vedova
Prof. Dr. Luisa Massari
Prof. Dr. Daniele Tessera
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Cloud computing
  • Edge computing
  • Application and service QoS
  • Performance modeling
  • Performance prediction
  • Workload forecasting
  • Analytic models
  • Simulation tools
  • High Performance Computing

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Multi-formalism Models for Performance Engineering
Future Internet 2020, 12(3), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12030050 - 13 Mar 2020
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Nowadays, the necessity to predict the performance of cloud and edge computing-based architectures has become paramount, in order to respond to the pressure of data growth and more aggressive level of service agreements. In this respect, the problem can be analyzed by creating [...] Read more.
Nowadays, the necessity to predict the performance of cloud and edge computing-based architectures has become paramount, in order to respond to the pressure of data growth and more aggressive level of service agreements. In this respect, the problem can be analyzed by creating a model of a given system and studying the performance indices values generated by the model’s simulation. This process requires considering a set of paradigms, carefully balancing the benefits and the disadvantages of each one. While queuing networks are particularly suited to modeling cloud and edge computing architectures, particular occurrences—such as autoscaling—require different techniques to be analyzed. This work presents a review of paradigms designed to model specific events in different scenarios, such as timeout with quorum-based join, approximate computing with finite capacity region, MapReduce with class switch, dynamic provisioning in hybrid clouds, and batching of requests in e-Health applications. The case studies are investigated by implementing models based on the above-mentioned paradigms and analyzed with discrete event simulation techniques. Full article
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A Methodology Based on Computational Patterns for Offloading of Big Data Applications on Cloud-Edge Platforms
Future Internet 2020, 12(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi12020028 - 07 Feb 2020
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Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a widespread reality, as interconnected smart devices and sensors have overtaken the IT market and invaded every aspect of the human life. This kind of development, while already foreseen by IT experts, implies additional stress to already [...] Read more.
Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a widespread reality, as interconnected smart devices and sensors have overtaken the IT market and invaded every aspect of the human life. This kind of development, while already foreseen by IT experts, implies additional stress to already congested networks, and may require further investments in computational power when considering centralized and Cloud based solutions. That is why a common trend is to rely on local resources, provided by smart devices themselves or by aggregators, to deal with part of the required computations: this is the base concept behind Fog Computing, which is becoming increasingly adopted as a distributed calculation solution. In this paper a methodology, initially developed within the TOREADOR European project for the distribution of Big Data computations over Cloud platforms, will be described and applied to an algorithm for the prediction of energy consumption on the basis of data coming from home sensors, already employed within the CoSSMic European Project. The objective is to demonstrate that, by applying such a methodology, it is possible to improve the calculation performances and reduce communication with centralized resources. Full article
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Edge Computing Simulators for IoT System Design: An Analysis of Qualities and Metrics
Future Internet 2019, 11(11), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11110235 - 08 Nov 2019
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The deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) applications is complex since many quality characteristics should be taken into account, for example, performance, reliability, and security. In this study, we investigate to what extent the current edge computing simulators support the analysis of qualities [...] Read more.
The deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) applications is complex since many quality characteristics should be taken into account, for example, performance, reliability, and security. In this study, we investigate to what extent the current edge computing simulators support the analysis of qualities that are relevant to IoT architects who are designing an IoT system. We first identify the quality characteristics and metrics that can be evaluated through simulation. Then, we study the available simulators in order to assess which of the identified qualities they support. The results show that while several simulation tools for edge computing have been proposed, they focus on a few qualities, such as time behavior and resource utilization. Most of the identified qualities are not considered and we suggest future directions for further investigation to provide appropriate support for IoT architects. Full article
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