A Cross-Platform Assessment of Energy Consumption in Evolutionary Algorithms

Towards Energy-Aware Bioinspired Algorithms
  • F. Fernández de Vega
  • F. ChávezEmail author
  • J. Díaz
  • J. A. García
  • P. A. Castillo
  • Juan J. Merelo
  • C. Cotta
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9921)


Energy consumption is a matter of paramount importance in nowadays environmentally conscious society. It is also bound to be a crucial issue in light of the emergent computational environments arising from the pervasive use of networked handheld devices and wearables. Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) are ideally suited for this kind of environments due to their intrinsic flexibility and adaptiveness, provided they operate on viable energy terms. In this work we analyze the energy requirements of EAs, and particularly one of their main flavours, genetic programming (GP), on several computational platforms and study the impact that parametrisation has on these requirements, paving the way for a future generation of energy-aware EAs. As experimentally demonstrated, handheld devices and tiny computer models mainly used for educational purposes may be the most energy efficient ones when looking for solutions by means of EAs.


Green computing Energy-aware computing Performance measurements Evolutionary algorithms 



We acknowledge support from Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) under project EphemeCH (TIN2014-56494-C4-{1,2,3}-P), from University of Granada, PROY-PP2015-06 (Plan Propio 2015 UGR), from Junta de Andalucía under project DNEMESIS (P10-TIC-6083), from Universidad de Málaga, Campus de Excelencia Internacional Andalucía Tech, from Junta de Extremadura FEDER, project GR15068 and FP7-PEOPLE-2013 IRSES Grant 612689 ACoBSEC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Fernández de Vega
    • 1
  • F. Chávez
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Díaz
    • 1
  • J. A. García
    • 1
  • P. A. Castillo
    • 2
  • Juan J. Merelo
    • 2
  • C. Cotta
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad de ExtremaduraBadajozSpain
  2. 2.ETSI Informática, Universidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.ETSI Informática, Campus de Teatinos, Universidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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