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A General Purpose Programming Framework for Ubiquitous Computing Environments


Stevenson, G and Nixon, Paddy and Ferguson, RI, A General Purpose Programming Framework for Ubiquitous Computing Environments, Program & Online Proceedings: System Support for Ubiquitous Computing Workshop (UbiSys '03) at the Fifth Annual Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2003), October 12, 2003, Seattle, WA, USA EJ (2003) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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It is important to note that the need to support ad-hoc and potentially mobile arrangements of devices in ubiquitous environments does not fit well within the traditional client/server architecture. We believe peer-to-peer communication offers a preferable alternative due to its decentralised nature, removing dependence on individual nodes. However, this choice adds to the complexity of the developers task. In this paper, we describe a two-tiered approach to address this problem: A lower tier employing peer-to-peer interactions for managing the network infrastructure and an upper tier providing a mobile agent based programming framework. The result is a general purpose framework for developing ubiquitous applications and services, where the underlying complexity is hidden from the developer. This paper discusses our on-going work; presenting our design decisions, features supported by our framework, and some of the challenges still to be addressed in a complex programming environment.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Distributed computing and systems software
Research Field:Networking and communications
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Communication technologies, systems and services
Objective Field:Communication technologies, systems and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nixon, Paddy (Professor Paddy Nixon)
ID Code:69435
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2011-04-20
Last Modified:2014-09-12

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