Connecting Embedded Devices Using a Component Platform for Adaptable Protocol Stacks [chapter]

Sam Michiels, Nico Janssens, Lieven Desmet, Tom Mahieu, Wouter Joosen, Pierre Verbaeten
2005 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Research domains such as sensor networks, ad-hoc networks, and pervasive computing, clearly illustrate that computer networks have become more complex and dynamic. This complexity is mainly introduced by unpredictable and varying network link characteristics, heterogeneous capabilities of attached nodes, and the increasing user expectations regarding reliability and quality of service. In order to deal with this complexity and dynamism of computer networks, the system's protocol stack must be
more » ... le to adapt itself at runtime. Yet, to handle this complex challenge effectively and efficiently, we claim that it is essential for protocol stacks to be developed with run-time adaptability in mind. This chapter presents a software architecture tailored to build highly adaptable protocol stacks, along with a component platform that enforces this architecture. Although the presented software architecture focuses on protocol stacks in general, we zoom in on the application of its founding principles in the domain of embedded network devices.
doi:10.1007/11591962_10 fatcat:tt4ckm7ssfe6vkt547stblqs5u