New energy-optimization challenges in the next generation Internet ecosystem

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Submission Deadline: Fri 01 Dec 2017
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Journal Name : Information Sciences
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In an increasingly connected world, the emerging ubiquitous, pervasive and distributed computing and communication architectures, may be considered first-class energy consumers and potential actors in steering a more careful usage of energy resources.

Indeed, with the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, connection quality and end-to-end interactivity, computer networks, processing systems and terminal devices are requiring more and more sophisticated and power-hungry technologies.

Furthermore, with the diffusion of new paradigms such as the Internet of Things (IoT), bringing with them new kinds of fixed and mobile devices with their own specific features and hardware limitations, the need for controlling and containing energy consumption has caught the interest of both the industrial and academic communities.

The communication networks and the distributed infrastructures (e.g. clouds and edge systems), providing runtime and storage services to the IoT devices and network-centric applications, may be considered extremely critical assets from both the energy management and sustainability perspectives. Analogously, ubiquitous end-side devices, often characterized by an extremely hardware and dimension-constrained architecture, become the targets for more energy-efficient communication techniques and protocols and require the use of new lightweight cryptographic techniques for providing privacy, integrity and secure endpoint identification in their transactions.

These new challenges require innovative and effective optimization solutions for minimizing power consumption in the next generation telecommunication, computing and processing systems, such as energy-efficient devices and transmission techniques, resource scheduling algorithms and control plane protocols. On the other hand, energy awareness may also introduce new dimensions in security menaces. Indeed, energy-efficient technologies may provide attackers with new opportunities for exploiting specific power-related vulnerabilities. This introduces new energy-based denial of service attacks based on raising the target facility power consumption for both end-side devices and large computing firms or communication networks.

This special issue aims at providing an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to contribute with original research and review articles that present the state-of-the-art research outcomes, practical results, latest findings, and future evolutions of energy-aware architectures, energy-efficient communication protocols and resource management algorithms as well as energy optimization techniques in the mobile and ubiquitous Internet of things ecosystem. The objective is to cover several developing topics as well as provide new approaches, models and protection schemes for targeting energy consumption-related security menaces, and to enforce information security and attack resiliency in energy-constrained devices.


The topics of interest for this special issue include:

  • Energy-efficient architectures and protocols for next generation distributed computing and communication infrastructures
  • Modeling and forecasting energy demand in distributed computing systems, fixed and mobile communication infrastructures, and next generation mobile devices.
  • Optimization methods and heuristics techniques for containing energy consumption in distributed computing systems, fixed and mobile communication infrastructures, and next generation mobile devices.
  • Energy-aware routing algorithms, runtime systems, middleware and application design
  • Energy efficiency considerations in cognitive and software defined networks
  • Energy consumption measurements, and monitoring tools
  • Security Mechanisms to protect energy-control facilities for green computers and networks
  • Security weaknesses introduced by Green-enabled devices
  • Energy targeting security menaces and Energy Consumption Attacks
  • Advanced cryptographic techniques and protocols for security enforcement in hardware and power-constrained devices.
  • Formal security methods and information-theoretic security applications and frameworks for hardware and power-constrained devices.


  • Submission deadline: December 1, 2017
  • First round notification: February 1, 2018
  • Revised version due: May 31, 2018
  • Final notification: July 31, 2018
  • Final version due: September 1, 2018
  • Publication tentative date: December 2018


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted electronically through Elsevier Editorial System (EES) at ( The authors must select as “SI: ENERGY-OPTIMIZATION” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:


Prof Francesco Palmieri, University of Salerno, Italy

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