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A Style-Aware Architectural Middleware for Resource-Constrained, Distributed Systems
March 2005 (vol. 31 no. 3)
pp. 256-272
A recent emergence of small, resource-constrained, and highly mobile computing platforms presents numerous new challenges for software developers. We refer to development in this new setting as programming-in-the-small-and-many (Prism). This paper provides a description and evaluation of Prism-MW, a middleware platform intended to support software architecture-based development in the Prism setting. Prism-MW provides efficient and scalable implementation-level support for the key aspects of Prism application architectures, including their architectural styles. Additionally, Prism-MW is extensible to support different application requirements suitable for the Prism setting. Prism-MW has been applied in a number of applications and used as an educational tool in graduate-level software architecture and embedded systems courses. Recently, Prism-MW has been successfully evaluated by a major industrial organization for use in one of their key distributed embedded systems. Our experience with the middleware indicates that the principles of architecture-based software development can be successfully, and flexibly, applied in the Prism setting.

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Index Terms:
Software architecture, architectural style, middleware, Prism-MW.
Citation:
Sam Malek, Marija Mikic-Rakic, Nenad Medvidovic, "A Style-Aware Architectural Middleware for Resource-Constrained, Distributed Systems," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 256-272, March 2005, doi:10.1109/TSE.2005.29
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