Mobile agents (Grasshopper) for database applications

Autoren Ludwig Klug
Edgar Weippl
Wolfgang Essmayr
TitelMobile agents (Grasshopper) for database applications
NoteTutorial at 4th Int. Conf. on Information Integration and Web-based Ap-plications and Services (IIWAS2002). Bandung, Indonesia, September 2002

Most current applications and databases are designed with traditional computing environments in mind, in which applications are located on several servers with access to each other via Internet. However, companies are increasingly turning to federated information bases, which, unlike homogenous databases, are typically characterized by incompatible database management systems, schemata and frequently changing context. Thus, the next generation of information bases will need to take into account the requirements of heterogeneous and federated computing. They will need to be able to respond to companies changing information requirements and flexibility of network topologies. Moreover, they will be required to provide services that exploit an awareness of currently available information bases, as well as other aspects of context, such as location to enforce location-based security. In order to meet these requirements, federated information bases must be capable of dynamically adapting to their environments. Currently available database management systems provide very little support for adaptation. Typically, they permit some types of replication and distributed database schema, which allow load balancing and redundancy to ensure availability. However, they do not support dynamic reconfiguration to environmental changes.