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On Efficient Stateful Resource Management

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christopher Smith, Professor Aad van Moorsel



The ability to manage heterogeneous stateful resources in an efficient manner is a problem increasingly at the fore with the growing status of large-scale self-managing and grid systems. System architectures adopting network management standards, and more recently web service standards, have conventionally been utilised to address this problem. Standardization in both locales has aimed to achieve semantic clarity and homogeneity of interactions with heterogeneous stateful resources. Emblematic consequences of such standardization have conventionally been restricted semantics and syntactic verboseness. This paper aims to formalise the notion of a uniform interface to stateful resources, and use this formalisation to assess the efficiency of existing solutions (SNMP, CIM-XML and WSRF) to the problem of efficient stateful resource interaction. We also present, and describe the implementation of, an alternative solution based on the REST architectural style. The solution is shown, through the formalisation, to offer semantic completeness with syntactic brevity; advocating its use as a natural alternative to existing stateful resource management solutions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Smith C, van Moorsel A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2006

Pages: 12

Print publication date: 01/05/2006

Source Publication Date: May 2006

Report Number: 961

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne