iOmS: An Agent-Based P2P Framework for Ubiquitous Workflow
Workflow is referred to automatic business process, and current involving methods mainly depend on traditional centralized C/S infrastructure and email systems. As far as we know, the existing methods have following weaknesses in nature: 1) The abilities of workflow processing is difficult to scale up; 2) Workflow execution is not flexible; 3) Workflow transfer process is not reliable; 4) Handheld devices in mobile environments are seldom considered. However, peer-to-peer technology is characterized by decentralized control, large scale, and extreme dynamism, while agent technology can construct overlay network more easily and process workflow automatically. In this paper, we present a novel framework based on office-secretary model, which utilizes concept of peer-to-peer, agent and transaction mechanism. In particular, we believe that iOmS framework could easily support scalable, dynamic, reliable, and ubiquitous workflow applications.
KeywordsOverlay Network Message Queue Email System Document Storage Automatic Business Process
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