Title: Cloud manufacturing in China: a literature survey

Authors: Qun Lin; Kai Xia; Lihui Wang; Liang Gao

Addresses: The State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China ' The State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China ' Department of Production Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden ' The State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Abstract: Cloud manufacturing has been of considerable interest to Chinese academic researchers over the last decade. This paper presents a broad perspective of the research on cloud manufacturing in China. The topics studied mainly include design of cloud manufacturing architecture, resource and capability virtualisation, combinatorial optimisation of virtual resource and capability, design and collaboration of cloud manufacturing services, intelligent searching and matching methods and trust evaluation. The present literature survey also includes two successful cases applying cloud manufacturing in China to verify the feasibility of the cloud manufacturing architecture and services. Potentially interesting directions for future research in this area are also identified. [Received 23 October 2013; Revised 5 March 2014; Accepted 26 April 2014]

Keywords: cloud manufacturing; architecture; resource visualisation; cloud platform; cloud services; China; cloud computing; manufacturing clouds; literature review; combinatorial optimisation; virtual resources; intelligent searching; trust evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2014.066662

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2014 Vol.9 No.4, pp.369 - 388

Available online: 27 Dec 2014 *

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