Middleware mechanisms for agent mobility in wireless sensor and actuator networks

Nikos Tziritas*, Giorgis Georgakoudis, Spyros Lalis, Tomasz Paczesny, Jarosław Domaszewicz, Petros Lampsas, Thanasis Loukopoulos

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Abstract

This paper describes middleware-level support for agent mobility, targeted at hierarchically structured wireless sensor and actuator network applications. Agent mobility enables a dynamic deployment and adaptation of the application on top of the wireless network at runtime, while allowing the middleware to optimize the placement of agents, e.g., to reduce wireless network traffic, transparently to the application programmer. The paper presents the design of the mechanisms and protocols employed to instantiate agents on nodes and to move agents between nodes. It also gives an evaluation of a middleware prototype running on Imote2 nodes that communicate over ZigBee. The results show that our implementation is reasonably efficient and fast enough to support the envisioned functionality on top of a commodity multi-hop wireless technology. Our work is to a large extent platform-neutral, thus it can inform the design of other systems that adopt a hierarchical structuring of mobile components.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Pages30-44
Number of pages15
Volume102 LNICST
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2012
Event3rd International ICST Conference on Sensor Systems and Software, S-Cube 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 04 Jun 201205 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume102 LNICST
ISSN (Print)18678211

Conference

Conference3rd International ICST Conference on Sensor Systems and Software, S-Cube 2012
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period04/06/201205/06/2012

Keywords

  • embedded systems
  • Imote2
  • middleware
  • mobile agents
  • performance evaluation
  • wireless sensor networks
  • ZigBee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Tziritas, N., Georgakoudis, G., Lalis, S., Paczesny, T., Domaszewicz, J., Lampsas, P., & Loukopoulos, T. (2012). Middleware mechanisms for agent mobility in wireless sensor and actuator networks. In Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (Vol. 102 LNICST, pp. 30-44). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 102 LNICST). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32778-0_3