Cost-Effective and Latency-Minimized Data Placement Strategy for Spatial Crowdsourcing in Multi-Cloud Environment

Pengwei Wang, Zhen Chen, Meng Chu Zhou, Zhaohui Zhang, Abdullah Abusorrah, Ahmed Chiheb Ammari

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As an increasingly mature business model, crowdsourcing, especially spatial crowdsourcing, has played an important role in data collection, disaster response, urban planning and other fields. However, the rapid growth of user scale and massive data collected inevitably brings serious challenges to computing and storage resources. The emergence of cloud computing provides an opportunity to handle such challenges. Its nearly unlimited resource provision capability can provide reliable services for different crowdsourcing applications. Nevertheless, considering the risks of privacy leakage and vendor lock-in using only a single cloud, as well as the additional restrictions caused by the wide geographical distribution of data and associations among workers, the use of multi-cloud seems to be a better choice. In this article, we define a problem to find an effective data placement scheme for spatial crowdsourcing in multi-cloud environment to achieve the cost-effectiveness and minimal latency. We take full account of the interval pricing strategy. Then we analyze the geographical distribution characteristics of data centers through a clustering algorithm, and propose an effective data initialization strategy. Finally, we use a genetic algorithm to further optimize the results. Through experiments on real-world data from cloud providers, the efficiency and effectiveness of our proposed method is verified. Compared with some existing algorithms, the proposed method can significantly reduce the system cost and latency, among which the cost reduction is up to 150 times and the latency reduction is up to twice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)868-878
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications


  • Spatial crowdsourcing
  • data placement
  • density clustering
  • interval pricing
  • multi-cloud


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