Date of Award

Fall 2008

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

First Advisor

Ahamed, Sheikh I.

Second Advisor

Harris, Douglas

Third Advisor

Madiraju, Praveen

Abstract

As Smart Environments expand and wireless connectivity is assumed to be a given, the consequences and cost of losing connectivity increases. By sharing diverse communication resources among heterogeneous devices and redistributing messages from problematic network types to available connections, the chances of eventually delivering an application's message to one or more recipients can be increased, despite challenges faced by the source device. This thesis introduces a design and prototype for a middleware-based message persisting and passing system allowing application developers to associate contingencies for routing messages with the messages themselves. The generic design can be implemented across various platforms and device classes. Use of plug-ins allows for inclusion of emerging technologies and customization of deployments to leverage a host device's available resources, including peer-to-peer channels.

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