Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a compelling topic in Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) paradigm nowadays, as many requirements come from inter- and intra- enterprise service composition. However, as one of the most significant principles of service orientation, service autonomy, has not been addressed systematically. In this paper, we propose a feasible solution for service autonomy through analyzing its intrinsic characteristics. Firstly, from the service lifecycle management point of view, a three layer architecture of service autonomy is designed, based on which a service agent is built to provide core autonomous service functionalities, including automatic service discovery, proactive service monitoring, decentralized service orchestration, and just-in-time information sharing. Second, XMPP (eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) is employed to construct a lightweight fabric of agents. Finally, three typical use cases of web service composition are used to validate the rationality and feasibility of the proposed solution for service autonomy.


Autonomous Service Agent Agent Fabric Service Composition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-Fei Ma
    • 1
  • Hong Xia Li
    • 2
  • Pei Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM China Research Lab, 19 ZGC Software Park, 8 DongBeiWangXiLu, Haidian District, Beijing 100094P. R. China
  2. 2.College of Software, Bei Hang University, 37 XueYuanLu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083P. R. China

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