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The role of ontologies in emergent middleware: supporting interoperability in complex distributed systems

Blair, Gordon S.; Bennaceur, Amel; Georgantas, Nikolaos; Grace, Paul; Issarny, Valérie; Nundloll, Vatsala and Paolucci, Massimo (2011). The role of ontologies in emergent middleware: supporting interoperability in complex distributed systems. In: Middleware 2011, Springer-Verlag, pp. 410–430.

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Interoperability is a fundamental problem in distributed systems, and an increasingly difficult problem given the level of heterogeneity and dynamism exhibited by contemporary systems. While progress has been made, we argue that complexity is now at a level such that existing approaches are inadequate and that a major re-think is required to identify principles and associated techniques to achieve this central property of distributed systems. In this paper, we postulate that emergent middleware is the right way forward; emergent middleware is a dynamically generated distributed system infrastructure for the current operating environment and context. In particular, we focus on the key role of ontologies in supporting this process and in providing underlying meaning and associated reasoning capabilities to allow the right run-time choices to be made. The paper presents the CONNECT middleware architecture as an example of emergent middleware and highlights the role of ontologies as a cross-cutting concern throughout this architecture. Two experiments are described as initial evidence of the potential role of ontologies in middleware. Important remaining challenges are also documented.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISBN: 3-642-25820-4, 978-3-642-25820-6
ISSN: 0302-9743
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Connect: Emergent Connectors for Eternal Software Intensive Networked Systems231167ICT
Extra Information: Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol.7049
Keywords: interoperability; ontologies; emergent middleware; system-of- systems
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 39433
Depositing User: Amel Bennaceur
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2014 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:08
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