Distributed Systems Support for Mobile Applications

Friday, Adrian and Davies, Nigel and , EPSRC (Funder) (1995) Distributed Systems Support for Mobile Applications. In: IEE Symposium on mobile computing and its applications, 1900-01-01.

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Future computer environments will include mobile computers which will either be disconnected, weakly interconnected by low speed wireless networks such as GSM, or fully interconnected by high speed networks ranging from Ethernet to ATM. Two key characteristics of such environments are: a heterogeneous processing environment; and rapid and massive fluctuations in the quality of service provided by the underlying communication infrastructure. The first of these issues, i.e. heterogeneity, can be addressed by exploiting emerging distributed systems standards such as the International Standards Organisation Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP), the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Computing Environment (OSF-DCE) or the Object Management Group's Common Object Request Broker Architecture (OMG-CORBA). Such standards provide applications with uniform computational models for accessing services and enables them to operate over a variety of processor/operating system configurations. The second of these issues, QoS fluctuations, is, we believe, one of the most fundamental problems in the field of mobile computing. We consider this issue and propose extensions to emerging distributed systems standards to support mobile computing.

Item Type: Contribution to Conference (Paper)
Journal or Publication Title: IEE Symposium on mobile computing and its applications
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 12979
Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2008 11:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2020 00:38
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12979

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