Web Service Enabled Online Laboratory

Web Service Enabled Online Laboratory

Yuhong Yan (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), Yong Liang (National Research Council, Canada), Abhijeet Roy (University of New Brunswick, Canada) and Xinge Du (University of New Brunswick, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-967-5.ch075
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Online experimentation allows students from anywhere to operate remote instruments at any time. The current techniques constrain users to bind to products from one company and install client side software. We use Web services and Service Oriented Architecture to improve the interoperability and usability of the remote instruments. Under a service oriented architecture for online experiment system, a generic methodology to wrap commercial instruments using IVI and VISA standard as Web services is developed. We enhance the instrument Web services into stateful services so that they can manage user booking and persist experiment results. We also benchmark the performance of this system when SOAP is used as the wire format for communication and propose solutions to optimize performance. In order to avoid any installation at the client side, the authors develop Web 2.0 based techniques to display the virtual instrument panel and real time signals with just a standard Web browser. The technique developed in this article can be widely used for different real laboratories, such as microelectronics, chemical engineering, polymer crystallization, structural engineering, and signal processing.

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