Adapt or Perish: Algebra and Visual Notation for Service Interface Adaptation

Dumas, Marlon, Wang, Kenneth W.S., & Spork, Murray L. (2006) Adapt or Perish: Algebra and Visual Notation for Service Interface Adaptation. In Dustdar, Schahram, Fiadeiro, Jose-Luis, & Sheth, Amit (Eds.) 4th International Conference on Business Process Management, 5-7 September 2006, Vienna, Austria.

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The proliferation of services on the web is leading to the formation of service ecosystems wherein services interact with one another in ways not necessarily foreseen during their development or deployment. A key challenge in this setting is service mediation: the act of retrofitting existing services by intercepting, storing, transforming, and (re-)routing messages going into and out of these services so they can interact in unforeseen manners. This paper addresses a sub-problem of service mediation, namely service interface adaptation, that arises when the interface that a service provides does not match the interface that it is expected to provide in a given interaction. The paper focuses on reconciling mismatches between behavioural interfaces, i.e. interfaces that capture ordering constraints between interactions. It presents a declarative approach to service interface adaptation based on: (i) an algebra over behavioural interfaces; and (ii) a visual language that allows pairs of provided-required interfaces to be linked through algebraic expressions. These expressions are fed into an execution engine that intercepts, buffers, transforms and forwards messages to enact the adaptation logic.

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ID Code: 5077
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: service interface, adapter, mediator
DOI: 10.1007/11841760_6
ISBN: 9783540389019
ISSN: 1611-3349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:21

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