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L2imbo:a distributed systems platform for mobile computing

Davies, Nigel and Friday, Adrian and Blair, Gordon S. and Wade, Stephen (1998) L2imbo:a distributed systems platform for mobile computing. Mobile Networks and Applications, 3 (2). pp. 143-156. ISSN 1383-469X

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Abstract

Mobile computing environments increasingly consist of a range of supporting technologies offering a diverse set of capabilities to applications and end-systems. Such environments are characterised by sudden and dramatic changes in the quality-of-service (QoS) available to applications and users. Recent work has shown that distributed systems platforms can assist applications to take advantage of these changes in QoS and, more specifically, facilitate applications to adapt to their environment. However, the current state-of-the-art in these platforms reflects their fixed network origins through their choice of synchronous connection-oriented communications paradigms. In this paper we argue that these paradigms are not well suited to operation in the emerging mobile environments. Furthermore, we offer an alternative programming paradigm based on tuple spaces which, we believe, offers a number of benefits within a mobile context. The paper presents the design, implementation and evaluation of a new platform based on this paradigm.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mobile Networks and Applications
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 11632
Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
Deposited On: 28 May 2008 17:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 11:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11632

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