Title: A new community-based context distribution approach for large-scale pervasive systems

Authors: Hamed Vahdat-Nejad; Kamran Zamanifar; Nasser Nematbakhsh

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, Computer Engineering Department, University of Isfahan 817467-73441, Iran ' Faculty of Engineering, Computer Engineering Department, University of Isfahan 817467-73441, Iran ' Faculty of Engineering, Computer Engineering Department, University of Isfahan 817467-73441, Iran

Abstract: In large-scale pervasive computing environments, a huge amount of context is continuously created by context sources and as required by context consumers. Scalability is a challenge for managing and distributing this amount of data. In this research, a new scheme for context distribution is proposed which is based on forming context consumer communities to improve scalability. The main feature of members of a community is pursuing the same context types. After constituting the consumer communities, the context-distribution system makes use of a push-based approach for distributing context information among interested entities. Experimental results show the efficiency of the proposed scheme in large-scale environments.

Keywords: context-aware computing; context distribution; context management; pervasive computing; consumer communities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAHUC.2013.056417

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, 2013 Vol.14 No.2, pp.90 - 98

Available online: 16 Sep 2013 *

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