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IrisNet: An Architecture for a Worldwide Sensor Web
October-December 2003 (vol. 2 no. 4)
pp. 22-33
Phillip B. Gibbons, Intel Research Pittsburgh
Brad Karp, Intel Research Pittsburgh
Yan Ke, Carnegie Mellon University
Suman Nath, Carnegie Mellon University
Srinivasan Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University

Today?s common computing hardware?Internet-connected desktop PCs and inexpensive, commodity off-the-shelf sensors such as Webcams?is an ideal platform for a worldwide sensor web. In a worldwide sensor web, users can query, as a single unit, vast quantities of data from thousands or even millions of widely distributed, heterogeneous sensors. Users can also actuate sensors and adapt sensor-feed processing in reaction to sensed data in real time.

IrisNet is a software infrastructure that aims to provide the missing software components for realizing a worldwide sensor web. It supports many features that simplify the task of creating sensor web services that are feature-rich, widely-distributed, high performance, highly scalable, adapt well to usage patterns, and robust against failures. Three services from different application domains currently use IrisNet.

Index Terms:
sensor networks, distributed computing, wide-area sensing, worldwide sensor web, distributed query processing
Citation:
Phillip B. Gibbons, Brad Karp, Yan Ke, Suman Nath, Srinivasan Seshan, "IrisNet: An Architecture for a Worldwide Sensor Web," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 22-33, Oct.-Dec. 2003, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2003.1251166
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