Smart messages: A distributed computing platform for networks of embedded systems

Porlin Kang, Cristian Borcea, Gang Xu, Akhilesh Saxena, Ulrich Kremer, Liviu Iftode

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the design and implementation of Smart Messages, a distributed computing platform for networks of embedded systems based on execution migration. A Smart Message (SM) is a user-defined distributed program which executes on nodes of interest, named by their properties, and uses an explicit lightweight migration to reach these nodes. During migrations, an SM carries its code and execution state, and it self-routes at each intermediate node between two nodes of interest. The nodes in the network cooperate to support the SM execution by providing a virtual machine and a shared memory region addressable by names (tag space). To illustrate the flexibility of SMs to program real world applications, we describe EZCab, an application for booking cabs in densely populated urban areas. We also present experimental results to quantify the performance achieved by the SM prototype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-494
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Journal
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)

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