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Special Issue on Parallel Soft Computing Techniques in High Performance Computing Systems
Special Issue on Green Energy Management and Smart Grid
Special Issue on Cloud Computing and Scientific Applications – Big Data Analysis in the Cloud
Special Issue on Secure Information Systems Engineering

Special Issue on Parallel Soft Computing Techniques in High Performance Computing Systems

Nowadays, there is a need to solve more and more complex optimization problems in industry, science, engineering, and many other domains. Soft computing techniques are highly appropriate methods to deal with such complex problems (which cannot be tackled with exact methods) with reasonable computational effort. Additionally, due to the growing complexity and computational demands of such problems and the widespread availability of powerful parallel architectures (GPUs, multicore CPUs, clusters, grids, and clouds), parallel soft computing algorithms arise as highly appropriate tools to handle these problems.

This special issue focuses on novel advances in parallel soft computing algorithms and their application to the resolution of complex real-world problems to find accurate solutions in reasonable time. We look for high quality publications proposing parallel soft computing techniques designed for multi-core processors, GPUs, and other large High Performance Computing systems as clusters, grid or cloud computing to solve complex real-world problems. Additionally, works proposing novel soft computing/meta-heuristic /parallel algorithms applied to solve complex problems in the context of clusters, grid or cloud computing are of interest too.

**Submission Guidelines**
 With this special issue, we aim at collecting a number of diverse, outstanding papers with important theoretical and empirical contributions to the field of soft computing, including novel efficient parallel models, new soft computing techniques, and their applications to complex and original real world problems. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

• Parallel soft computing techniques for cluster/grid/cloud computing
• Parallel soft computing techniques on GPGPUs and clusters of GPGPUs
• Parallel soft computing techniques for complex real-world problems
• Soft computing based solutions for cluster/grid/cloud computing related problems
• Performance measures for parallel soft computing techniques
• Reliable parallel soft computing algorithms for uncertain distributed environments
• Massively parallel soft computing algorithms
• Peer to peer soft computing techniques
• Volunteer and ubiquitous soft computing

Submitted papers should be submitted via The Computer Journal's online submission system, Manuscript Central, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/compj. They should be accompanied by a cover letter that clearly states that the submission is for the Special Issue on “Parallel Soft Computing Techniques in High Performance Computing Systems”. 
All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of this journal, and will be evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance to this Special Issue and the journal, and on the basis of clarity and correct use of English. The submitted papers should be formatted according to the journal style. For more detailed information concerning the requirements for submission, please refer to the journal homepage at: www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/computer_journal/for_authors/msprep_submission.html.

**Important Dates**

Paper submission: March 7, 2014

1st round review notification: July 7, 2014

1st revision due: August 7, 2014

2nd round review notification: Oct. 22, 2014

2nd revision due: Nov. 22, 2014

Final acceptance: Dec. 22, 2014

Publication (tentative): 4th quarter, 2015

**Guest editors**

Prof. Sergio Nesmachnow
Universidad de la República, Uruguay
Website: www.fing.edu.uy/~sergion/
Email: sergion@fing.edu.uy

Bernabé Dorronsoro
University of Lille 1, France
Website: www.bernabe.dorronsoro.es
Email: bernabe.dorronsoro_diaz@inria.fr

Special Issue on Green Energy Management and Smart Grid

Energy management is an important aspect of cyber-physical interactions, and aims at providing efficient solutions to manage energy resources (e.g. harvesting, allocation transmission, saving and utilization). Due to today’s severe energy crisis, green energy management becomes an attractive research topic. Accordingly, smart grid is emerging as a next-generation energy management paradigm and leads the traditional power grid to evolve towards more efficient and reliable networks. The smart grid is defined by the two-way communication of electricity and information to achieve intelligent and efficient energy management. The main objective of this special issue is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers and academics to present their research results and development activities on green energy management and smart grid.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Green communications and energy system architectures
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Meters
  • Green region-aware area networks, e.g. home area networks (HANs), building area networks (BANs), neighbourhood area networks (NANs), and field area networks (FANs)
  • Energy-saving sensor and actuator networks for smart grid
  • Smart grid modelling and ubiquitous services
  • Ubiquitous service interactions in smart grid
  • Cyber-physical interactions in energy and power management
  • Security, privacy, and trust management in smart grid
  • Demand response management
  • Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), virtual power plant, and microgrids
  • Energy efficiency, reliability, availability, and robustness
  • Fault-tolerance, and intrusion tolerance in energy management
  • Simulation-related issues regarding smart grid communications
  • Green communications and networking in energy management and smart grid applications, e.g. home energy management, outage management, distribution management, distribution automation
  • Energy management contract experience and technologies
  • Tools, systems, applications, and services

Submission Guidelines
Submitted papers should be submitted via The Computer Journal's online submission system, Manuscript Central, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/compj. They should be accompanied by a cover letter that clearly states that the submission is for the Special Issue on “Green Energy Management and Smart Grid”.

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of this journal, and will be evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance to this Special Issue and the journal, and on the basis of clarity and correct use of English.

The submitted papers should be formatted according to the journal style. For more detailed information concerning the requirements for submission, please refer to the journal homepage at: www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/computer_journal/for_authors/msprep_submission.html.

Important Dates
Manuscript Due: January 20, 2014

Guest editors
Dr. Huansheng Ning
Beihang University, China
Email: ninghuansheng@buaa.edu.cn

Dr. Meikang Qiu
University of Kentucky, USA
Email: mqiu@engr.uky.edu

Dr. Zhangbing Zhou
China University of Geosciences (Beijing), China & Institut Mines TELECOM / TELECOM SudParis, France
Email: zhangbing.zhou@gmail.com

Dr. Habib F Rashvand
University of Warwick, UK
Email: h.rashvand@ieee.org

Special Issue on Cloud Computing and Scientific Applications – Big Data Analysis in the Cloud

With the rapid emergence of virtualized environments for accessing software systems and solutions, the volume of users and their data are growing exponentially. Existing computing infrastructure, software system designs, and use cases will have to take into account the enormity in volume of requests, size of data, computing load, locality and type of users, and the ever-growing needs of all applications.

Cloud computing promises scalable services delivered through next-generation data centers that are built on compute and storage virtualization technologies. When providing capabilities to analyse big data, many challenges may arise that are not yet fully known to the cloud computing community.

For this special issue, we are interested in receiving innovative work on enabling and scaling computing systems to support the execution of scientific applications, particularly focused on the big data aspects.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Big data analytics on clouds
- Volume, velocity, variety, veracity of data
- Enabling applications using distributed systems
- Architectural models for scaling of applications
- Novel applications for cloud computing, including games and social networks
- Novel cloud programming models
- Innovative cloud service models
- Support for scalable and elastic cloud services
- Cloud support for mobile applications and content delivery networks
- Reliability of applications and services running on the cloud
- Performance monitoring for cloud applications
- Cloud use-case studies
- Scientific computing in the cloud
- Business computing in the cloud
- Social computing in the cloud

Submission Guidelines
Papers should be submitted via The Computer Journal's online submission system, Manuscript Central, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/compj. They should be accompanied by a cover letter that clearly states that the submission is for the Special Issue on “Cloud Computing and Scientific Applications”.

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of this journal, and will be evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance to this Special Issue and the journal, and on the basis of clarity and correct use of English.

Submitted papers should be formatted according to the journal style. For more detailed information concerning the requirements for submission, please refer to the journal homepage at: www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/computer_journal/for_authors/msprep_submission.html.

Important Dates
Manuscript Due: 25 January 2014

Guest Editors
Dr. Suraj Pandey, IBM Research, Australia

Email

Dr. Surya Nepal, CSIRO ICT Center, Australia
Email

Special Issue on Secure Information Systems Engineering

Security is a widespread and growing concern that covers all areas of society: business, domestic, financial, government and so on. In fact, the so-called information society is increasingly dependent on a wide range of information systems whose mission is critical, such as air traffic control systems, financial systems or public health systems. The potential losses that are faced by businesses and organizations that rely on all these systems, both hardware and software, therefore signify that it is crucial for information systems to be properly secured from the outset.

This special issue aims to serve as a forum in which to unite academics, researchers, practitioners and students in the field of security engineering and security software engineering. We welcome submissions presenting technical, experimental, methodological and/or applicative contributions, addressing - though not limited to - the following topics:

  • Security and privacy methods and models (requirements, analysis, design, testing)
  • Security in software development (agile, architecture, design, deployment, aspect-oriented, model-driven, threat-driven)
  • Component-based, aspect-oriented, agent-based, pattern-based information system security methods
  • Security engineering for specific information systems (e-services, databases, mobile, internet, social networks)
  • Security management and assessment
  • Security in cloud computing
  • Security in databases and data warehouses
  • Security for mobile computing, sensors networks, multimedia systems
  • Security ontology/taxonomy design
  • Semantic web technologies applied to security
  • Security in software product lines
  • Distributed and network security
  • Security and trust models
  • Security requirements engineering

**Submission Guidelines**
Papers should be submitted via The Computer Journal's online submission system, Manuscript Central, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/compj. Work submitted for publication must be previously unpublished, not under consideration for publication elsewhere and, if accepted, it should not then be published elsewhere in the same form.

All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of this journal, and will be evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance to this special issue and the journal, and on the basis of clarity and correct use of English.

Submitted papers should be formatted according to the journal style. For more detailed information concerning the requirements for submission, please refer to the journal homepage at: www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/computer_journal/for_authors/msprep_submission.html

**Important Dates**
Manuscript due: 26 January 2014
Notification of review: 24 April 2014

**Guest Editors**
David G. Rosado
University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
David.GRosado@uclm.es

Haralambos Mouratidis
University of East London, UK
H.Mouratidis@uel.ac.uk

Nadira Lammari
CNAM University, France
lammari@cnam.fr

Jan Jurjens
Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
jan.jurjens@cs.tu-dortmund.de