Suitable programming models and associated supporting infrastructures are required to deal with large software systems dived in complex and dynamic network environments. Here, with the aid of a case study scenario, we discuss the inadequacies of current approaches in dealing with such scenarios. Then we sketch the key characteristics of TOTA (Tuples On The Air), as a novel proposal to deal with the above inadequacies. TOTA relies on tuple-based information to be spatially diffused in the network and to be exploited by application agents so as to achieve context-awareness and consequently to effectively coordinate with each other despite the network dynamics.
Developing Adaptive and Context-aware Applications in Dynamic Networks / Mamei, Marco; Zambonelli, Franco. - STAMPA. - 2003-:(2003), pp. 401-406. (Intervento presentato al convegno 12th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2003 tenutosi a Lintz nel 2003) [10.1109/ENABL.2003.1231444].