Symmetry/Asymmetry in Operations Research

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 990

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yunfei Fang
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Guest Editor
School of Economics and Management, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: operation research management; intelligent optimization; logistics and transportation; transportation planning
Prof. Dr. Peng Wu
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Guest Editor
School of Economics and Management, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: the optimization of complex transportation and production systems based on operations research, evacuation management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Operations research (OR) is an analytical method of problem-solving and decision-making that enables us to achieve the best performance under the given circumstances. It is an interdisciplinary science involving statistical analysis, optimization theory, industrial and systems engineering, management science, Artificial Intelligence, and computer science, etc. Due to its power to handle sophisticated and practical problems, it is being widely applied to various areas, such as supply chains, logistics, production and scheduling, intelligent manufacturing, smart health, transportation planning, operation management, and engineering design. Though symmetry/asymmetry phenomena are observed in most of the aforementioned areas, as with logistics and supply chains, symmetry/asymmetry in OR has not been thoroughly investigated. This Special Issue “Symmetry/Asymmetry in Operations Research” focuses on the methodologies and applications of OR involving symmetry/asymmetry phenomena. It aims to attract high-quality studies of original OR contributions and to promote theoretical developments and real-world implementations in relevant fields. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Supply chains management;
  • Production and scheduling;
  • Routing optimization in logistics;
  • Intelligent transportation system;
  • Intelligent manufacturing;
  • Smart health;
  • Operation management;
  • Optimization algorithm.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Yunfei Fang
Prof. Dr. Peng Wu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • supply chains management
  • production scheduling
  • routing optimization
  • transportation planning
  • intelligent manufacturing
  • operation management
  • optimization algorithm
  • mixed-integer programming

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A Novel Hybrid MSA-CSA Algorithm for Cloud Computing Task Scheduling Problems
Symmetry 2023, 15(10), 1931; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym15101931 - 18 Oct 2023
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Recently, the dynamic distribution of resources and task scheduling has played a critical role in cloud computing to achieve maximum storage and performance. The allocation of computational tasks in the cloud is a complicated process that can be affected by some factors, such [...] Read more.
Recently, the dynamic distribution of resources and task scheduling has played a critical role in cloud computing to achieve maximum storage and performance. The allocation of computational tasks in the cloud is a complicated process that can be affected by some factors, such as available network bandwidth, makespan, and cost considerations. However, these allocations are always non-symmetric. Therefore, it is crucial to optimize available bandwidth for efficient cloud computing task scheduling. In this research, a novel swarm-based task scheduling with a security approach is proposed to optimize the distribution of tasks using available resources and encode cloud information during task scheduling. It can combine the Moth Swarm Algorithm (MSA) with the Chameleon Swarm Algorithm (CSA) for the task scheduling process and utilizes the Polymorphic Advanced Encryption Standard (P-AES) for information security of cloud scheduled tasks. The approach offers a new perspective for utilizing swarm intelligence algorithms to optimize cloud task scheduling. The integration of MSA and CSA with P-AES enables the approach to provide efficient and secure task scheduling by exploiting the strengths of used algorithms. The study evaluates the performance of the proposed approach in terms of the degree of imbalance, makespan, resource utilization, cost, average waiting time, response time, throughput, latency, execution time, speed, and bandwidth utilization. The simulation is carried out using a wide range of tasks from 1000 to 5000. The results show that the approach provides an innovative solution to the challenges of task scheduling in cloud environments and improves the performance of cloud services in terms of effectiveness and security measures. Full article
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