Right today, April 28th, we have been presenting the paper «A Peer-to-Peer Approach to Genetic Programming» in EuroGP 2011 held in Torino, Italy within the Evo* conference series. You can find below the abstract and the presentation of the work.
This paper proposes a fine-grained parallelization of the Genetic Programming paradigm (GP) using the Evolvable Agent model (EvAg). The algorithm is decentralized in order to take full-advantage of a massively parallel Peer-to-Peer infrastructure. In this context, GP is particularly demanding due to its high requirements of computational power. To assess the viability of the approach, the EvAg model has been empirically analyzed in a simulated Peer-to-Peer environment where experiments were conducted on two well-known GP problems. Results show that the spatially structured nature of the algorithm is able to yield a good quality in the solutions. Additionally, parallelization improves times to solution by several orders of magnitude.