Personal Technologies

, Volume 4, Issue 2–3, pp 171–181 | Cite as

Places to stay on the move: Software architectures for mobile user interfaces

  • Alan Dix
  • Devina Ramduny
  • Tom Rodden
  • Nigel Davies


Architectural design has an important effect on usability, most notably on temporal properties. This paper investigates software architecture options for mobile user interfaces, in particular those for collaborative systems. One of the new features of mobile systems, as compared with fixed networks, is the connection point to the physical network, the point of presence (PoP), which forms an additional location for code and data. This allows architectures that bring computation closer to the users, hence reducing feedback and feedthrough delays. A consequence of using PoPs is that code and data have to be mobile within the network, leading to potential security problems.


Active networks Client-server Collaborative work CSCW Mobile computing Software architecture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Dix
    • 1
    • 2
  • Devina Ramduny
    • 2
  • Tom Rodden
    • 2
  • Nigel Davies
    • 2
  1. 1.Birmingham Research ParkaQtive limitedBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Department of ComputingLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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