Cloud-Based Evolutionary Algorithms: An Algorithmic Study

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Executive Summary

The main objective of this paper is to find easily available means to either use or connect computing nodes in a distributed evolutionary computation experiment, and this often means resorting to free and readily available services. Dropbox is one of these services: it is commercialized as a cloud storage service, which is free up to a certain level of use (measured in traffic and usage). There are many other services like this one; however Dropbox was chosen due to its popularity, which also implies having many more potential volunteer users of a massive evolutionary computation experiment. There are also other features that make it the right tool for these experiments.

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