Commentary on ‘Software architectures and mobility: A roadmap’

Wermelinger, Michel and Bandara, Arosha (2010). Commentary on ‘Software architectures and mobility: A roadmap’. Journal of Systems and Software, 83(6) pp. 899–901.



Medvidovic and Edwards provide in their paper (henceforth referred to as the Roadmap) a good survey of the variety of architectural concerns and approaches to mobility. This commentary is intended to complement the Roadmap, discussing additional or alternative concepts, issues and approaches.

The ubiquity of mobile computing devices has enabled communication and access to information and services at an unprecedented scale. Novel application domains and technological advances make the boundaries between mobile, ubiquitous, pervasive and autonomic systems fuzzy. To meet user demands, applications are likely to include facets of several types of systems. We therefore start this commentary with a discussion on what mobility means (Section 2) followed by when does mobility impact architecture (Section 3). Finally, we touch upon two crucial aspects of mobile systems that can benefit from a principled architectural approach: autonomy (Section 4) and privacy (Section 5).

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