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"Revisiting Interoperability : The Case for Emergent Middleware"

présenté par Gordon Blair, Prof of Distributed Systems
Head of Department, Lancaster University, UK

le mardi 22 mai à 10h30 en salle A01

Interoperability is a fundamental property in distributed systems,
referring to the ability for two or more systems, potentially developed
by different manufacturers, to work together, including the ability to
exchange and interpret action requests and associated data sets.

Over the history of distributed systems, a number of interoperability
solutions have emerged both in terms of proposed standards for
interoperability and solutions to bridging between standards.

Distributed systems have, however continued to evolve and we
particularly note two important trends : the dramatically increasing
level of heterogeneity coupled by the increasing dynamism in
contemporary distributed systems.

The emergence of mobile computing has been a major factor behind these trends (as has other areas such as ubiquitous computing cloud computing). The end result is that it is very difficult to achieve interoperability in any systematic way. Indeed, we can say that distributed systems are in crisis with no principled solutions to interoperability for such complex and dynamic distributed systems structures.

This talk discusses the problems of achieving
interoperability in the complex distributed systems of today, and
highlights the role of emergent middleware as a possible solution to
this problem. Emergent middleware is an interoperability solution
whereby the required connectivity is generated at run-time to match the
current context and requirements.

This represents significant research challenges related to, for example, discovering and learning protocols
and services at run-time, at various levels of the systems architecture,
the dynamic synthesis of appropriate solutions, and the monitoring of
the resultant infrastructure to ensure it achieves the desired effect.

The talk also considers the potential role of ontologies in supporting
meaning and reasoning in the above processes. The talk will conclude
with considerations of how this approach can be extended to achieve
other properties including key non-functional requirements of an

Note that this talk is based on research carried out in the Connect
project, a European collaboration funded under the Framework 7 Future
and Emerging Technologies Programme (Proactive Theme on ICT Forever
Yours) :

contact au laboratoire : Chantal Taconet

vidéo du 22 mai 2012 sur l’Intranet TSP