A multi-protocol framework for ad-hoc service discovery

Carlos A. Flores-Cortés*, Gordon S. Blair, Paul Grace

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Discovering the appropriate services in ad-hoc computing environments where a great number of devices and software components collaborate discreetly and provide numerous services is an important challenge. Service discovery protocols make it possible for participating nodes in a network to locate and advertise services with minimum user intervention. However, because it is not possible to predict at design time which protocols will be used to advertise services in a given context/environment, it is now becoming clear that dynamic discovery mechanisms are required by mobile nodes to cope with the heterogeneity of discovery platforms. Existing adaptive mobile middleware solutions such as ReMMoC and INDISS have investigated this style of dynamic discovery. However, these have yet to consider the emerging suite of protocols for discovery in ad-hoc networks. In this paper we present a component-based service discovery framework for the development of an adaptive multi-personality service discovery middleware, which will operate in diverse environments e.g. fixed and ad-hoc networks. This supports a common architecture for individual discovery protocols to enhance configurability and re-configurability of the framework, and minimize resource usage through component reuse. Finally, to evaluate this framework we investigate the development of four existing ad-hoc service discovery protocols using our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proc. of the 4th Int. Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad-hoc Computing, MPAC 2006, held at the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 7th Int. Middleware Conference
PublisherACM
ISBN (Print)1595934219, 9781595934215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Event4th International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad-hoc Computing, MPAC 2006, held at the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 7th International Middleware Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 20061 Dec 2006

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume182

Conference

Conference4th International Workshop on Middleware for Pervasive and Ad-hoc Computing, MPAC 2006, held at the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 7th International Middleware Conference
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period27/11/061/12/06

Keywords

  • Ad-hoc
  • MANET
  • Middleware
  • Mobile computing
  • Service discovery

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