CooS: Coordination Support for Mobile Collaborative Applications
The advent of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and their integration with cloud computing is turning ubiquitous computing into reality. This ubiquity opens doors to innovative applications, where mobile devices collaborate on behalf of their users. Applications that leverage this new paradigm, however, have yet to reach the market. One of the reasons is due to the inherent complexity of developing such collaborative applications on mobile devices.
In this paper, we present a middleware that enables coordination on mobile devices. Our middleware frees applications from directly managing the interaction between collaboration partners. It also uses contextual information, such as location, to dynamically determine possible collaboration partners. We focus on a particular class of applications in which mobile devices have to collaborate to allocate tasks (e.g., picking up passengers) to physically distributed resources (e.g., taxis). The technical feasibility of our middleware is shown by the implementation of our middleware architecture, a deployment of our middleware on a real cloud environment and operating it with over 800 clients.
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