Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Hans-Arno JacobsenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1181


Publish/Subscribe is an interaction pattern that characterizes the exchange of messages between publishing and subscribing clients. Subscribers express interest in receiving messages and publishers simply publish messages without specifying the recipients for a message. The publish/subscribe message exchange is decoupled and anonymous. That is, publishers neither know subscribers’ identities nor whether any subscribers with matching interests exist at all. This supports a many-to-many style of communication, where data sources publish and data sinks subscribe. Different classes of publish/subscribe approaches have crystallized. Their main differences lie in the way subscribers express interest in messages, in the structure and format of messages, in the architecture of the system, and in the degrees of decoupling supported. Publish/Subscribe is widely used as middleware abstraction, applied to enterprise application integration, system and network monitoring, and selective...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • H.-Arno Jacobsen
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  1. 1.Dept. of Elec. and Comp.Eng.Univ. of TorontoTorontoCanada