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Future Generation Computer Systems
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The Grid is a rapidly developing computing structure that allows components of our information technology infrastructure, computational capabilities, databases, sensors, and people to be shared flexibly as true collaborative tools. Over the last 3 years there has been a real explosion of new theory and technological progress supporting a better understanding of these wide-area, fully distributed computing systems. After the advances made in distributed system design, collaborative environments, high performance computing and high throughput computing, the Grid is the logical next step.

The new Aims and Scope of FGCS will cover new developments in:

[1] Grid Applications and application support:

    Novel applications
    eScience and eBusiness applications
    Problem solving environments and virtual laboratories
    Grid economy
    Semantic and knowledge based grids
    Collaborative Grids and virtual organizations
    High Performance and high throughput computing on grids
    Complex application workflows
    Scientific, industrial and social implications
    Grids in education

[2] Grid methods and middleware:

    Tools for grid development: monitoring and scheduling
    Distributed dynamic resource management
    Grid- and web-services
    Information management
    Protocols and emerging standards
    Peer to peer and internet computing
    Pervasive computing
    Grid Security

[3] Grid Theory:

    Process specification; program and algorithm design
    Theoretical aspects of wide area communication and computation
    Scaling and performance theory
    Protocol verification

Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-02-05
Special Issues
Special Issue on High-Performance Computing for Big Data Processing
Submission Date: 2017-07-31

High-performance computing has been an important and fundamental research topic over the past decade and has posed many challenging problems. Researchers and industrial professionals have been devoted to designing innovative tools and techniques to keep up with the rapid evolution and increasing complexity of large and complex scientific and engineering problems. Recent years have witnessed a deluge of network data propelled by the vehicular communications, mobile sensing, IoT, M2M communications, emerging online social media, user-generated video contents, and global-scale communications, bringing people into the era of big data. These network data hold much valuable information that could significantly improve the effective and intelligent optimisation of Internet, vehicular networking, mobile networking, and IoT. Big Data processing requires a vast amount of storage and computing resources. In addition, online and robust processing is needed for some circumstances, e.g., life-or-death situations. The high-performance computing techniques have been widely agreed as a promising paradigm to facilitate big data processing, but with tremendous research challenges in recent years, such as the scalability of computing performance for high velocity, high variety, and high volume big data, Deep learning with massive-scale datasets, MapReduce on multi-core, GPU, and hybrid distributed environments, and unstructured data processing with high-performance computing. This special issue is devoted to the most recent developments and research outcomes addressing the related theoretical and practical aspects on high-performance computing techniques for big data processing, and aims to provide worldwide researchers and practitioners an ideal platform to innovate new solutions targeting at the corresponding key challenges.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Internet of things: Communications, collaborations and services in networks of embedded devices
Submission Date: 2017-07-31

Internet of Things is a field that has great prospects for the future and is becoming very popular. Thousands of researchers around the world are currently working in systems based on the Internet of Things. The core of many IoT systems is based in a network of embedded devices (or a network of smart things or connected sensors, etc.). Based on the communication and collaboration among embedded devices these IoT networks are able to automatize or improve a lot of tasks and processes. These systems are already being applied in a lot of areas like smart cities, health systems, smart homes, etc. The interconnection and collaboration processes of embedded devices are complex issues, which can vary greatly in every system or environment. For example, it can depend on the physical environment issues, services provided, specific system requirements (like efficiency, privacy, etc.), amount of devices in the network, devices heterogeneity, network properties, communication technologies, etc. Due to these particularities and different situations, the use of networks of embedded devices presents many different challenges and issues which can be improved: efficiency in communication and collaboration, security and privacy issues, quality of services and problems predictions, network dynamic adaptations, network protocols and architectures, specific middlewares, frameworks and distributed applications for coordinating connected devices, etc. The main aim of this special issue is to compile original and high quality research works related to innovative solutions in the field of "communications, collaborations and distributed services in networks of embedded devices (Internet of Things)".
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Towards Smarter Cities: Learning from Internet of Multimedia Things-Generated Big Data
Submission Date: 2017-09-01

Smart city's IoT-based infrastructures envision improvement in quality of life through optimal utilization of resources. Integrating diverse sensors through communication technologies generate big data which is collected, processed, and analyzed, revealing knowledge and information to realize the goals of smart cities. Multimedia sensors serve as the eyes and ears of smart city administrators, enabling them to monitor activities and assets. The big multimedia data generated by these sensors contain a wealth of information, needed to be processed and analyzed for knowledge extraction. However, the huge volume of this data and its inherent complexity hinders ability of traditional computing infrastructures and algorithms to effectively process and extract actionable intelligence from it. There is a growing demand for efficient yet powerful algorithms to consume internet of multimedia things (IoMT)-generated big data and extract needed information from it to run the affairs of smart cities. Deep learning based methods for multimedia data processing and understanding has shown great promise in the recent years. This special issue aims to highlight problems and future challenges in smart cities and invite researchers working towards smart cities and associated technologies like IoMTs, machine learning for big data, and embedded/cloud computing, to develop novel methods for addressing issues related to the transmission, processing, representation, and storage of IoMT-generated big data. It also invites novel deep learning based solutions for real-time data processing, learning from multi-modal big data, distributed learning paradigms with embedded processing, and efficient inference.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2016-11-08
Special Issue on Security, Trust and Privacy in Cyber (STPCyber): Future Trends and Challenges
Submission Date: 2017-09-29

"Future Generation Computer Systems", a forum for the publication of peer-reviewed, high-quality original papers in the computer systems sciences, focusing specifically advances and challenges in Cybersecurity involving complex computer systems and communication networks having security, trust and privacy being major issues. This is seeking original manuscripts for a Special Issue on Security, Trust and Privacy in Cyber (STPCyber): Future trends and Challenges scheduled to appear in the second half of 2018. With rapid advancements in Cyber security involving increased complexity of computer systems and communication networks, user requirements for Trust, Security and Privacy are becoming more and more demanding. Therefore, there is a grand challenge that traditional security technologies and measures may not meet user requirements in open, dynamic, heterogeneous, mobile, wireless, and distributed computing environments which are key domains of Cyber Security. As a result, we need to build systems and networks in which various applications allow users to enjoy more comprehensive services while preserving Security, Trust and Privacy at the same time. As useful and innovative technologies, trusted computing and communications are attracting researchers with more and more attention. The special issue will provide a forum for presenting research works showing advances on Security, Trust and Privacy for cyber infrastructures, including new platforms, system software enhancements, security algorithm design and optimization and technologies in complex computer systems and communication networks to defend against known and unknown behaviour of bad guys. The special issue will also be open to any author, but it will also invite extended versions of the selected papers of Trustcom 2017 conference whose topics fit in the scope of this special issue. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three reviewers to ensure a very high quality of papers selected for the Special Issue.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Big Data and Internet of Things – Fusion for different services and its impacts
Submission Date: 2017-09-30

Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) have produced profound impacts to our everyday life and are hands in hands to offer better quality of services, better fusion of technologies, instant communications and express deliveries of services. The fusion between Big Data and IoT can produce positive impacts in the next-generation of our development in smart cities, national planning and forecasting of our future activities and investments. Big Data and IoT fusion can be pervasive to our daily life in healthcare, finance, security, transportation and education. To enable next generation of different services, we need to understand and realize the significance of fusion between hardware and software, and between security and reality. By doing so, we can get very light and portable devices that can contain petabytes of data, which need layers of security functions and services to make them protected. We can also use one device that can be a mobile phone, instant messenger, video conferencing center, GPS, database, investment analytics, weather forecaster, camera and data processing center. We can also provide real time security services that can destroy a vast variety of Trojans and viruses, block all security breaches, restore things back to normal and keep the owners alert and safe in real time. Big Data and IoT fusion can help high-tech sectors such as weather forecasting, space technology and biotechnology to enable thousands of simulations to be completed in seconds. All these high tech features have become reality and not just in movies enabled by the impacts of Big Data and IoT fusion. In this call, we seek high quality papers that can demonstrate proofs-of-concept, services, solutions for research challenges, case studies, analytics, real world examples and successful deliveries of Big Data and IoT fusion. Top papers from the international conference on Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University in China will also be invited and authors must add new contributions of another 60% and above. Topics Submissions could consist of theoretical and applied research in topics including, but not limited to: Big Data and IoT fusion for health informatics and medical services Big Data and IoT fusion for business intelligence and finance Big Data and IoT fusion for modern education Big Data and IoT fusion for energy applications and services Big Data and IoT fusion for natural science, weather forecasting and earth science Big Data and IoT fusion for smart cities Big Data and IoT fusion for security, privacy and trust Big Data and IoT fusion for 5G networks and communications Big Data and IoT fusion for mobile services and computing Big Data and IoT fusion for the next generation architecture Big Data and IoT fusion for any forms of predictive modeling and analytics Big Data and IoT fusion for real world examples and case studies
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-01-15
Special Issue on Recent Advances in Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things and Machine Learning
Submission Date: 2017-09-30

Big data analytics is a rapidly expanding research area spanning the fields of computer science, information management, and has become a ubiquitous term in understanding and solving complex problems in different disciplinary fields such as engineering, applied mathematics, medicine, computational biology, healthcare, social networks, finance, business, government, education, transportation and telecommunications. The utility of big data is found largely in the area of Internet of Things (IoT). Big data is used to build IoT architectures which include things-centric, data-centric, service-centric architecture, cloud-based IoT. Technologies enabling IoT include sensors, radio frequency identification, low power and energy harvesting, sensor networks and IoT services mainly include semantic service management, security and privacy-preserving protocols, design examples of smart services. To effectively synthesize big data and communicate among devices using IoT, machine learning techniques are employed. Machine learning extracts meaning from big data using various techniques which include regression analysis, clustering, bayesian methods, decision trees and random forests, support vector machines, reinforcement learning, ensemble learning and deep learning.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Internet of Knowledge
Submission Date: 2017-09-30

Information quantity has rapidly increased on the web recently. Data size has also increased dramatically as multimedia data, which include visual information and auditory information, and has been used more and more in addition to the existing form of text data. It needs the semantic representation in human language to reduce the semantic gap between low-level and high-level characteristics; considering not only the low-level characteristics but also the high-level ones with the use of heterogeneous knowledge such as large scale text, image, video and so forth. In this context, it is worth noting research that combines heterogeneous knowledge aspects with achievements in designing advanced systems for the acquisition and sophisticated semantic analysis of complex data patterns, group behaviors, and visual information and repositories. Also, advanced radio access technologies are required to support above applications under wireless environments for forthcoming 5G system. Finally, security and privacy concerns when mining and classifying the knowledge collected by personal sensing devices or accessed by external services such as health information systems, city management platforms or Internet of Things is of pivotal importance so as to avoid exposing personal and critical data towards malicious persons or organizations. Therefore, it is demanding to propose proper means to avoid information leakage or falsification without compromising the possibility of performing complex information extraction, inference or classification. This special issue aims at bringing together leading researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to discuss novel research contributions related to Semantic Approaches for Knowledge Classification within the context of various platforms.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Benchmarking Big Data Systems
Submission Date: 2017-10-15

There is no doubt that we are living in the era of Big Data where we are witnessing the radical expansion and integration of digital devices, networking, data storage, and computation systems. For about a decade, the Hadoop framework has dominated the world of Big Data processing, however, in recent years, academia and industry have started to recognize the limitations of the Hadoop framework in several application domains and Big Data processing scenarios. Thus, the Hadoop framework has been slowly replaced by a collection of engines dedicated to specific verticals such as structured data (e.g., Apache Hive, Impala, Presto, Spark SQL), graph data (e.g., Pregel, Giraph, GraphX, GraphLab), streaming data (e.g., Apache Storm, Apache Heron, Apache Flink, Samza) and many others. Even though several big data processing and analytics systems have been introduced with various design architectures, we are still lacking a deeper understanding of the performance characteristics for the various design architectures in addition to lacking comprehensive benchmarks for the various Big Data platforms. There is a crucial need to conduct fundamental research with a more comprehensive performance evaluation for the various Big Data processing systems and architectures. We also lack the availability of validation tools, standard benchmarks, and system performance prediction methods that can help us have a deeper and more solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various Big Data processing platforms.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on Security and Privacy for RFID and IoTs
Submission Date: 2017-10-15

AIMS & SCOPE Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology for automatic identification of remote people and objects without line of sight. The deployment and use of RFID technology is growing rapidly across many different industries. It cannot only be used in traditional applications (e.g., asset or inventory tracking), but also in security services such as electronic passports and RFID-embedded credit cards. At the same time, the Internet of Things (IoT), which will represent the backbone of modern society and the next-generation Internet, have showed a strong potential to meet the information-processing demands of smart environments. However, RFID and IoTs may also bring great challenges for the security and privacy of curernt systems and processes. For example, with the rapid deployment of RFID and a nature of wireless network, a number of concerns regarding security and privacy have been raised, e.g., clandestine tracking and inventorying. On the other hand, certain IoT applications will be tightly linked to sensitive infrastructures and strategic services, like the distribution of water and electricity. As a result, there is a great need to design and implement privacy and security technologies for RFID and IoTs in different domains. This special issue will focus on RFID and IoTs, and attempts to solicit original research papers that discuss the security and privacy issues and opportunities. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: The goal of this special issue is to collect high-quality contributions to address the security and privacy concerns for RFID and IoTs. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the ones listed below. Adversarial modeling for RFID and IoTs Vulnerability Assessment and testing for RFID and IoTs Intrusion detection and prevention schemes for RFID and IoTs Tracing back mobile attackers for RFID and IoTs New applications for secure RFID and IoTs Lightweight privacy-preserving RFID protocols & systems Efficient implementation of lightweight cryptographic protocols for RFID and IoTs Cryptographic hardware development for RFID and IoTs Design and analysis of fast and compact RFID based cryptographic algorithms Formal methods for analysis of lightweight cryptographic protocols for RFID and IoTs Security and privacy issues in RFID and IoTs Low-cost side-channel countermeasures for RFID and IoTs Side-channel analysis of exist protocols and implementations for RFID and IoTs Submission Guidelines: Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors available from the online submission page of the Future Generation Computer Systems at Detailed journal description can be found at All submitted papers must contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. Authors should select “SI: SP for RFID and IoTs” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the Corresponding Guest Editor.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-01-15
Special Issue on New Landscapes of the Data Stream Processing in the era of Fog Computing
Submission Date: 2017-11-03

Nowadays, an increasingly connected ecosystem of heterogeneous devices is continuously producing unbounded streams of data that have to be processed "on the fly" in order to detect operational exceptions, deliver real-time alerts, and trigger automated actions. This paradigm extends to a wide spectrum of applications with high socio-economic impact, like systems for healthcare, emergency management, surveillance, intelligent transportation and many others. High-volume data streams can be efficiently analysed in real-time through the adoption of novel high-performance solutions targeting today's commodity parallel hardware. This comprises multicore-based platforms including mobile devices, heterogeneous systems equipped with GPU and FPGA co-processors, and large-scale distributed-memory systems like multi-Cloud and Fog computing environments. However, despite the large computing power offered by the affordable hardware available nowadays, high-performance data streaming solutions need to be equipped with smart logics in order to adapt the framework/application configuration to rapidly changing execution conditions and workloads. Moreover, the burst in the amount of data streams generated at the network edge by sensors and devices and the emergence of applications with predictable and low latency requirements require a shift from the traditional data stream processing performed in a central data center to a geo-distributed processing environment as represented by Fog computing and multi-Clouds. Such a new and challenging scenario demands for mechanisms and strategies for adapting the data stream computation to changes in the operating environment and workload and for dealing with uncertainty, fostering novel interdisciplinary approaches. The special issue aims at collecting high-quality scientific contributions from the research community working in the fields of data stream processing, data analytics algorithms, big data frameworks and autonomic resource management. The main focus is on parallel and autonomic models and practical implementations on parallel heterogeneous hardware and distributed systems.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
Special Issue on The convergence of the Internet of Things and Cloud for Smart Healthcare
Submission Date: 2017-11-15

With the development of smart sensorial media, things, and cloud technologies, "Smart healthcare" is getting remarkable consideration from the academia, the governments, the industry, and from the healthcare community. Recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought the vision of a smarter world into reality with a massive amount of data and numerous services. Cloud computing fits well as an enabling technology in this scenario as it presents a flexible stack of computing, storage and software services at low cost. The cloud-based services can provide a high quality of experience to physicians, clinics, and other caregivers anytime and from anywhere seamlessly. However, the convergence of IoT and cloud can provide new opportunities for both technologies. The said IoT-cloud convergence can play a significant role in the smart healthcare by offering better insight of heterogeneous healthcare content (e.g., X-ray, ECG, MRI, ultrasound image, clinical notes, claims, and so on) to support affordable and quality patient care. It can also support powerful processing and storage facilities of huge IoT data streams (big data) beyond the capability of individual "things," as well as to provide automated decision making in real-time. While researchers have been making advances to the study of IoT and cloud services individually, a very little attention has been given to develop cost-effective and affordable smart healthcare service. The IoT-Cloud convergence for smart healthcare has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our society; however, many technical challenges need to be addressed before this potential can be realized. Some of these challenges include: How to use the combined potential of IoT and cloud services or application for providing smart healthcare solutions? How these technologies can assist with right patient care at the right time and in the right place? How IoT-Cloud convergence along with healthcare big data analytics can facilitate healthcare data representation, storage, analysis and integration for effective smart healthcare solutions? This special issue is intended to report high-quality research on recent advances toward IoT-Cloud convergence for smart healthcare, more specifically to the state-of-the-art approaches, methodologies and systems for the design, development, deployment and innovative use of those convergence technologies for providing insights into smart healthcare service demands. Authors are solicited to submit complete unpublished papers in the following topics.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2017-05-10
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