A Component Framework for Document-Centric Networking

Ichiro SATOH  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E87-B   No.7   pp.1826-1833
Publication Date: 2004/07/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Next Generation Networks Software)
Category: Mobile Agent
software component,  compound document,  mobile agent,  distributed computing,  Java,  

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In this paper we present a component approach for configurable network processing for active documents. The approach has two key ideas. The first is to enable documents to process themselves on networks. That is, documents can define their own itineraries, like the notion of active packets in active network technology. The second is to enable documents to transmit other documents to their destinations as first-class objects, such as the notion of active nodes in active netwwork technology. The approach also enables buidling and managing active documents as compound documents. The dynamic deployment of network processing for exchanging documents can be defined and achieved by means of GUI-based manipulation of compound documents. Therefore, the approach allows a user to easily and rapidly develop and customize network processing in the same way as if that user had edited the documents. A prototype implementation of the approach and its applications were constructed on a Java-based mobile agent system to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach.