Flexible Coordination Techniques for Dynamic Cloud Service Collaboration

Flexible Coordination Techniques for Dynamic Cloud Service Collaboration

Gary Creaner (Dublin City University, Ireland) and Claus Pahl (Dublin City University, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2089-6.ch009
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Abstract

The provision of individual, but also composed services is central in cloud service provisioning. The authors describe a framework for the coordination of cloud services, based on a tuple-space architecture which uses an ontology to describe the services. Current techniques for service collaboration offer limited scope for flexibility. They are based on statically describing and compositing services. With the open nature of the web and cloud services, the need for a more flexible, dynamic approach to service coordination becomes evident. In order to support open communities of service providers, there should be the option for these providers to offer and withdraw their services to/from the community. For this to be realised, there needs to be a degree of self-organisation. The authors’ techniques for coordination and service matching aim to achieve this through matching goal-oriented service requests with providers that advertise their offerings dynamically. Scalability of the solution is a particular concern that will be evaluated in detail.
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Background

Tuple spaces are widely used to support coordination activities (Johannson & Fox, 2004; Li & Parashar, 2005; Nixon et al., 2007). We present their principles, an overview of the chosen platform, and some background regarding a semantic extension of tuple matching. We also review literature on service composition and coordination.

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