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Parallel differential evolution

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Parallel processing has emerged as a key enabling technology in modern computing. Recent software advances have allowed collections of heterogeneous computers to be used as a concurrent computational resource. In this work we explore how differential evolution can be parallelized, using a ring-network topology, so as to improve both the speed and the performance of the method. Experimental results indicate that the extent of information exchange among subpopulations assigned to different processor nodes, bears a significant impact on the performance of the algorithm. Furthermore, not all the mutation strategies of the differential evolution algorithm are equally sensitive to the value of this parameter.