Easing software development for pervasive computing environments

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Title: Easing software development for pervasive computing environments
Author: Stovall, Andrew Erich
Abstract: In recent years pervasive computing has enjoyed an amazing growth in both research and commercial fields . Not only have the number of available techniques and tools expanded , but the number of actual deployments has been underwhelming . With this growth however , we are also experiencing a divergence of software interfaces , languages , and techniques . This leads to an understandably confusing landscape which needlessly burdens the development of applications . It is our sincere hope that through the use of specialized interfaces , languages , and tools , we can make pervasive computing environments more approachable and efficient to software developers and thereby increase the utility and value of pervasive computing applications . In this dissertation , we present a new method for creating and managing the long -term conversations between peers in pervasive computing environments . The Application Sessions Model formally describes these conversations and specifies techniques for managing them over their lifetimes . In addition to these descriptions , this dissertation presents a prototype implementation of the model and results from its use for realistic scenarios . To address the Application Sessions Model's unique needs for resource discovery in pervasive computing environments , we also present the Evolving Tuples Model . This model is also formally defined in this dissertation and practical examples are used to clarify its features . A prototype for both sensor hardware and software simulation of this model is described along with results characterizing the behavior of the model . The models , prototypes , and evaluations of both models presented here form the basis of a new and interesting line of research into support structures for pervasive computing application development .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /7670
Date: 2010-06-03


Easing software development for pervasive computing environments. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /7670 .

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