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A Secure and Auto-configurable Environment for Mobile Agents in Ubiquitous Computing Scenarios

  • Javier López
  • Antonio Maña
  • Antonio Muñoz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4159)

Abstract

The increased heterogeneity and dynamism of new computing paradigms and especially of ubiquitous computing models is boosting the need for auto-configurable systems. In these new scenarios, heterogeneity and dynamism are inherent properties and applications are built by aggregating distributed information and services that are not under the control of a single entity. The current trend towards distributed computing poses important problems related to the transmission of large amounts of data between the nodes of the computing system; the control over the information; and the flexibility to adapt to heterogeneous client requirements. These characteristics, difficult to manage by traditional computing models, are making the mobile agent paradigm to gain momentum and increasing the interest of researchers and industry in this paradigm. In this paper we present a solution to provide a secure and auto-configurable environment for mobile agents in ubiquitous computing scenarios, based on two main building blocks: trusted platforms and profiles.

Keywords

Security Agents Profiles Trusted Computing Ubiquitous computing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier López
    • 1
  • Antonio Maña
    • 1
  • Antonio Muñoz
    • 1
  1. 1.GISUM group, Computer Science Department, E.T.S.I. InformáticaUniversity of MalagaSpain

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