A general purpose programming framework for ubiquitous computing environments

G. Stevenson, P. Nixon, R.I. Ferguson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2003
EventUbisys: System Support for Ubiquitous Computing Workshop (UbiCom) - Seattle, USA
Duration: 12 Oct 2003 → …


ConferenceUbisys: System Support for Ubiquitous Computing Workshop (UbiCom)
CitySeattle, USA
Period12/10/03 → …


  • ubiquitous computing
  • programming
  • networking
  • computer applications


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