Special Issue "Network Cost Reduction in Cloud/Fog Computing Environments"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Internet of Things".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Konstantinos Oikonomou
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Guest Editor
NMSLab, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Information Science and Informatics, Ionian University, 49100 Corfu, Greece
Interests: medium access control in ad hoc networks; performance issues in wireless networks; information dissemination; service discovery; facility location; energy consumption in wireless sensor networks; network cost reduction in cloud computing environments
Dr. Georgios Tsoumanis
Guest Editor
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Faculty of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Ioannina, PC 45110 Arta, Greece
Interests: energy consumption optimization in wireless sensor networks; facility location; sink location and recharging policies in wireless sensor networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cloud computing has attracted significant research attention in recent years, as a result of delivering alternative and more affordable access to high computational power and large storage. The latter is achieved by providing the users with computer system resources (e.g., computational power and data storage) in an on-demand fashion, through data centers available over the Internet.

Several applications based on current technologies, such as Internet of things, smart cities, and smart homes, in addition to other emerging applications, such as those enabled by 5G technology, can create massive amounts of data, and at the same time, can require large computational power. To tackle these limitations, developers of applications deriving from such technologies have enabled them with the ability to take advantage of cloud computing; thus, moving the high-resources requirements problem away from the users’ personal computers, towards data centers. While cloud computing has successfully countered the above limitations, the increasing number of Internet of things devices and the low-latency applications demands for big data volumes in real time have tested the cloud computing computational and storage performance. As a result, fog computing emerged as part of cloud computing in order to cope with the new demands, making use of edge devices that carry out an amount of the resources’ requirements.

On the other hand, moving the processing and storing demands to online data centers and edge devices, new challenges have emerged regarding the network requirements of cloud and fog computing environments. Regardless of the service model of a cloud computing environment (e.g., infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), etc.), there is a common goal of every cloud-computing provider, namely: network cost reduction. Network cost, in this Special Issue is assumed to derive from the following: (i) network metrics (e.g., network latency), (ii) information and communications technology (ICT) resources (e.g., power consumption), and (iii) cloud/fog computing cost in terms of financial costs.

This Special Issue invites original research papers on new algorithms, protocols, architectures, technologies, and solutions for the Special Issue, “Network Cost Reduction in Cloud Computing and Fog Computing Environments”. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fog/cloud computing architectures
  • Resource monitoring
  • Energy efficiency
  • Cloud services models and frameworks
  • Cloudlet-enabled applications
  • Business models and pricing policies
  • Performance and QoS
  • Dynamic resource provisioning
  • Load balancing
  • Performance modeling
  • Performance prediction
  • Workload forecasting
  • Analytic models
  • Simulation tools
  • Managing applications in the clouds

Dr. Konstantinos Oikonomou
Dr. Georgios Tsoumanis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cloud/fog computing
  • network costs
  • fog computing
  • modeling
  • simulation, energy efficiency
  • load balancing
  • performance
  • analytics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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