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Checking Behavioral Consistency Constraints for Pervasive Context in Asynchronous Environments

11/2009;
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ABSTRACT Context consistency checking, the checking of specified constraint on properties of contexts, is essential to context-aware applications. In order to delineate and adapt to dynamic changes in the pervasive computing environment, context-aware applications often need to specify and check behavioral consistency constraints over the contexts. This problem is challenging mainly due to the distributed and asynchronous nature of pervasive computing environments. Specifically, the critical issue in checking behavioral constraints is the temporal ordering of contextual activities. The contextual activities usually involve multiple context collecting devices, which are fully-decentralized and interact in an asynchronous manner. However, existing context consistency checking schemes do not work in asynchronous environments, since they implicitly assume the availability of a global clock or relay on synchronized interactions. To this end, we propose the Ordering Global Activity (OGA) algorithm, which detects the ordering of the global activities based on predicate detection in asynchronous environments. The essence of our approach is the message causality and its on-the-fly coding as logic vector clocks in asynchronous environments. We implement the Middleware Infrastructure for Predicate detection in Asynchronous environments (MIPA), over which the OGA algorithm is implemented and evaluated. The evaluation results show the impact of asynchrony on the checking of behavioral consistency constraints, which justifies the primary motivation of our work. They also show that OGA can achieve accurate checking of behavioral consistency constraints in dynamic pervasive computing environments. Comment: 9 pages, 9 figures

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