Authors: Guobing Zou, Yixin Chen, Yang Xiang, Ruoyun Huang, You Xu
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in web service composition due to its importance in practical applications. At the same time, cloud computing is gradually evolving as a widely used computing platform where many different web services are published and available in cloud data centers. The issue is that traditional service composition methods mainly focus on how to find service composition sequence in a single cloud, but not from a multi-cloud service base. It is challenging to efficiently find a composition solution in a multiple cloud base because it involves not only service composition but also combinatorial optimization. In this paper, we first propose a framework of service composition in multi-cloud base environments. Next, three different cloud combination methods are presented to select a cloud combination subject to not only finding feasible composition sequence, but also containing minimum clouds.
Experimental results show that a proposed method based on artificial intelligence (AI) planning and combinatorial optimization can more effectively and efficiently find sub-optimal cloud combinations.