Advanced Data Compression Techniques for SOAP Web Services

Advanced Data Compression Techniques for SOAP Web Services

Christian Werner (University Lübeck, Germany), Carsten Buschmann (University Lübeck, Germany) and Stefan Fischer (University Lübeck, Germany)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-280-0.ch005


A major drawback of using SOAP for application integration is its enormous demand for network bandwidth. Compared to classical approaches, like Java-RMI and Corba, SOAP messages typically cause more than three times the network traffic. In this chapter we will explore compression strategies and give a detailed survey and evaluation of state of the art binary encoding techniques for SOAP. We also introduce a new experimental concept for SOAP compression based on differential encoding, which makes use of the commonly available WSDL description of a SOAP Web service. We not only conduct a detailed evaluation of compression effectiveness, but also provide the results of execution time measurements.

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