New journal publication: Let nature decide its nature: On the design of collaborative hyperheuristics for decentralized ephemeral environments

Member of the JRL Aritz Martinez, Eneko Osaba, Miren Nekane Bilbao and Javier Del Ser have recently participated in the development of the paper Let nature decide its nature: On the design of collaborative hyperheuristics for decentralized ephemeral environments, published in Future Generation Computer Systems journal (Q1, 3.997, 10/104).

The key topics of their research are: Ephemeral computing, Metaheuristics, Hyperheuristics, Bio-inspired computation, Evolutionary computation, Genetic Algorithm.

Summary: The research community has traditionally aimed at the derivation and development of metaheuristic solvers, suited to deal with problems of very diverse characteristics. Unfortunately, it is often the case that new metaheuristic techniques are presented and assessed in a reduced set of cases, mostly due to the lack of computational resources to undertake extensive performance studies over a sufficiently diverse set of optimization benchmarks. This manuscript explores how ephemeral environments could be exploited to efficiently construct metaheuristic algorithms by virtue of a collaborative, distributed nature-inspired hyperheuristic framework specifically designed to be deployed over unreliable, uncoordinated computation nodes. To this end, the designed framework defines two types of nodes (trackers and peers, similarly to peer-to-peer networks), both reacting resiliently to unexpected disconnections of nodes disregarding their type. Peer nodes exchange their populations (i.e. constructed algorithms) asynchronously, so that local optima are avoided at every peer thanks to the contribution by other nodes. Furthermore, the overall platform is fully scalable, allowing its users to implement and share newly derived operators and fitness functions so as to enrich the diversity and universality of the heuristic algorithms found by the framework. Results obtained from in-lab experiments with a reduced number of nodes are discussed to shed light on the evolution of the best solution of the framework with the number of connected peers and the tolerance of the network to node disconnections.


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