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An empirical study of publish/subscribe middleware versatility


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

Versatility is an important quality that enables software to serve multiple purposes in a usable and useful way. As such, versatility is central to middleware in general and publish/subscribe infrastructures specifically. The development of versatile software, however, is difficult. It must achieve a favorable balance between different software qualities (or non-functional requirements) including: usability, reusability, flexibility, maintainability and performance, while supporting problem domain dependencies and constraints. Developers adopt different strategies in the design of versatile software including: modularization, stabilization, variation, generalization and specialization. By combining these strategies, different versatility approaches have been applied in the construction of infrastructures, for example: minimal core, one-size-fits-all, coordination languages and flexible infrastructures. Each one of have costs and benefits.

In this work, we motivate the need for versatility in the publish/subscribe domain, discuss its challenges, propose our own solution to the problem: YANCEES, a flexible publish/subscribe infrastructure, and present the results of a multi-dimensional quantitative and qualitative empirical study where we compare YANCEES with existing versatility approaches in the publish/subscribe domain. We summarize the results in the form of guiding principles, which goal is to better support application developers in choosing the best design approaches in the development of middleware; and infrastructure consumers in selecting the most appropriate infrastructure to support their applications.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Computer science
Classification
0984: Computer science
Identifier / keyword
Applied sciences; Empirical study; Middleware; Publish/subscribe infrastructures; Trade-offs; Versatility
Title
An empirical study of publish/subscribe middleware versatility
Author
Silva Filho, Roberto Silveira
Number of pages
251
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0030
Source
DAI-B 70/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109287387
Advisor
Redmiles, David F.
Committee member
Lopes, Cristina V.; van der Hoek, Andre
University/institution
University of California, Irvine
Department
Information and Computer Science - Ph.D.
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3366925
ProQuest document ID
304849852
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304849852
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