System support for pervasive applications

Robert Grimm, Janet Davis, Eric Lemar, Adam MacBeth, Steven Swanson, Thomas Anderson, Brian Bershad, Gaetano Borriello, Steven Gribble, David Wetherall

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Pervasive computing provides an attractive vision for the future of computing. Computational power will be available everywhere. Mobile and stationary devices will dynamically connect and coordinate to seamlessly help people in accomplishing their tasks. For this vision to become a reality, developers must build applications that constantly adapt to a highly dynamic computing environment. To make the developers' task feasible, we present a system architecture for pervasive computing, called Our architecture provides an integrated and comprehensive framework for building pervasive applications. It includes services, such as discovery and migration, that help to build applications and directly simplify the task of coping with constant change. We describe our architecture and its programming model and reflect on our own and others' experiences with using it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-486
Number of pages66
JournalACM Transactions on Computer Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Asynchronous events
  • Checkpointing
  • Discovery
  • Logic/operation pattern
  • Migration
  • Pervasive computing
  • Structured I/O
  • Tuples
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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