JOURNAL OF COMPUTERS (JCP)
ISSN : 1796-203X
Volume : 2    Issue : 1    Date : February 2007

Mobile Processes: Enhancing Cooperation in Distributed Mobile Environments
Christian P. Kunze, Sonja Zaplata, and Winfried Lamersdorf
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Abstract
Currently, context awareness is one of the main trends in distributed mobile computing
environments. Against this background, the demand for more complex – and additionally long-term
– mobile applications increases continuously. Nevertheless, most current available mobile
applications – as well as their supporting middleware platforms – are still relatively monolithic and
closed systems, concentrating on only short-term activities. As a consequence, most present
appliances are still restricted to rather simple tasks and are therefore rather insufficient for more
complex ones which consist of sequences of related longterm activities tied together in respective
application-oriented processes. In order to overcome the resource and capability restrictions of
mobile environments, such application processes may profit from, e.g., cooperation between
devices in the mobile vicinity – a fact which is hardly supported by existing systems.
Therefore, this paper introduces a concept for integrating explicit support for mobile processes into
mobile system infrastructures and for distributing their execution over different nodes in the network.
Additionally, a corresponding middleware platform for context-aware and cooperative mobile
applications is proposed. This framework has been designed and realized in the context of project
DEMAC (Distributed Environment for Mobility-Aware Computing) which supports such migrating
processes and helps to execute them under the restrictions imposed by realistic mobile
applications. In particular, this paper proposes a corresponding process description language and
an execution model for such mobile (business) processes.