Integration in cooperative distributed systems: Privacy-based brokering architecture for virtual enterprises

Abdulmutalib Masaud-Wahaishi, Hamada Ghenniwa, Weiming Shen

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A cooperative distributed systems approach is a promising design paradigm for many application environments, such as virtual enterprises, distributed manufacturing, e-business, and tele-learning. However, coordination is a major challenge in developing cooperative distributed systems in open environments. This chapter discusses in detail, brokering as a capability-based aspect of coordination in cooperative distributed systems. Architecturally, the brokering is viewed as a layer of services where a brokering service is modeled as an agent with a specific architecture and interaction protocol that are appropriate to serve various requests. The architecture of the proposed brokering layer supports ad hoc configurations among distributed, possibly autonomous and heterogeneous entities with various degrees of privacy requirements in terms of three attributes: entity's identity, capability, and preferences. A prototype of the proposed architecture has been implemented to support and provide information- gathering capabilities in healthcare environments using a FIPA-complaint platform (JADE).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual Enterprise Integration
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological and Organizational Perspectives
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781591404057
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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