Using Jini and JavaSpaces with Ericsson NorARC's technologies for service creation : a new way of adapting to dynamic environments
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Ericsson NorARC (Norwegian Applied Research Center) is developing architectures and frameworks for advanced telecom and Internet systems and services. The current technologies are JavaFrame, ActorFrame and ServiceFrame, which enable rapid development and system dependability. Jini is a technology for making dynamic, robust and self-healing distributed systems. It can be used with JavaSpaces technology, which is a distributed shared memory technology that provides loosely coupled communication in time, space and destination. In this thesis, we evaluate if Jini, JavaSpaces and frameworks building on these technologies can be used to distribute Ericsson NorARC’s technologies in dynamic network-centric environments. We have evaluated the relatively immature frameworks Rio, SI and Openwings. All the frameworks have interesting features that could prove to be valuable, but as it is today, Openwings stands out as the most complete and useful framework. It also has properties that match well with JavaFrame concepts. Based on Jini and JavaSpaces, we have developed several conceptual ideas. This has been done to show how these technologies could be used together with the JavaFrame, ActorFrame and ServiceFrame concepts of asynchronously communicating state machines. Several interesting ideas have evolved when having taken an in-depth look at Jini and JavaSpaces, for instance a conceptual space-based architecture has been developed. In this architecture, we introduce new concepts like dynamic role downloading, a Role repository and role trading. A prototype framework called SpaceFrame has been developed to simplify distribution of system components. Using SpaceFrame will also help systems adapt to change, in both system demands and network topology. An example application has been developed by using SpaceFrame, demonstrating loosely coupled communication and downloading of roles on the fly. SpaceFrame shows that integration of Jini, JavaSpaces and JavaFrame-based technologies is possible, much due to the fact that Jini’s distributed event model can be used for asynchronous communication through a JavaSpace. We have found that Both Jini and JavaSpaces are technologies that have something to offer when distributing Ericsson NorARC’s service creation technologies in dynamic context-sensitive environments. The most elegant model is probably obtained by combining Jini and JavaSpaces together as we have done with the SpaceFrame prototype. By using this approach, total asynchronous and uncoupled communication can be achieved between different JVMs.
Masteroppgave i informasjons- og kommunikasjonsteknologi 2002 - Høgskolen i Agder, Grimstad
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Agder University College