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Seagull Algorithms Could Hide Secret to Greener Cloud Computing

By Fast Company

April 5, 2023

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British, Chinese, and Austrian researchers say that more sustainable cloud computing systems can be achieved by algorithmically mimicking seagulls' hunting and migration behavior.

The researchers contend a "seagull optimization algorithm" can slash cloud computing's power consumption by 5.5% and its network traffic by 70%.

They said the meta-heuristic algorithm would determine the best locations for virtual machines within a server communications network to optimize network traffic efficiency.

This would mirror the seagulls' ability to stalk and plot a route to prey without colliding with each other.

The researchers believe seagull-based algorithms could reduce the total number of physical supercomputers worldwide, while also cutting the machine-to-machine communications network's power consumption by 80%.

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