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International Journal of Computer and Communication Technology

Abstract

Context-awareness is an essential feature of pervasive applications, and runtime detection of contextual properties is one of the primary approaches to enabling context awareness. However, existing context-aware middleware does not provide sufficient support for detection of contextual properties in asynchronous environments. 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 present the Middleware Infrastructure for Predicate detection in Asynchronous environments (MIPA), which supports context awareness based on logical time. Design and Structure of MIPA are explained in detail.

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