Supporting Mobility in Content-Based Publish/Subscribe Middleware

  • Ludger Fiege
  • Felix C. Gartner
  • Oliver Kasten
  • Andreas Zeidler
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2672)


Publish/subscribe (pub/sub) is considered a valuable middleware architecture that proliferates loose coupling and leverages reconfigurability and evolution. Up to now, existing pub/sub middleware was optimized for static systems where users as well as the underlying system structure were rather fixed. We study the question whether existing pub/sub middleware can be extended to support mobile and location-dependent applications. We first analyze the requirements of such applications and distinguish two orthogonal forms of mobility: the system-centric physical mobility and an application-centric logical mobility (where users are aware that they are changing location). We introduce location-dependent subscriptions as a suitable means to exploit the power of the event-based paradigm in mobile applications. Briefly spoken, location-dependency refines a subscription to accept only events related to a mobile user's current location. Implementations for both forms of mobility are presented within the content-based pub/sub middleware Rebeca, drawing from its refined routing capabilities (namely, covering and merging).


Current Location Mobile Computing Mobility Support Physical Mobility Location Awareness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ludger Fiege
    • 1
  • Felix C. Gartner
    • 2
  • Oliver Kasten
    • 3
  • Andreas Zeidler
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Databases and Distributed System GroupDarmstadt University of Technology (TUD)DarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)School of Computer and Communication Sciences Distributed Programming LaboratoryLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science, Distributed Systems GroupSwiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)ZurichSwitzerland

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