Performance Analysis of Mobile Agents for Filtering Data Streams on Wireless Networks
[kotz:model-tr2]David Kotz, George Cybenko, Robert S. Gray, Guofei Jiang, Ronald A. Peterson, Martin O. Hofmann, Daria A. Chacon, Kenneth R. Whitebread, and James Hendler. Performance Analysis of Mobile Agents for Filtering Data Streams on Wireless Networks. Technical Report number TR2000-377, Dartmouth Computer Science, October 2000. ©Copyright the authors. Revision of kotz:model. Later revised as kotz:jmodel.
Wireless networks are an ideal environment for mobile agents, since their mobility allows them to move across an unreliable link to reside on a wired host, next to or closer to the resources that they need to use. Furthermore, client-specific data transformations can be moved across the wireless link and run on a wired gateway server, reducing bandwidth demands. In this paper we examine the tradeoffs faced when deciding whether to use mobile agents in a data-filtering application where numerous wireless clients filter information from a large data stream arriving across the wired network. We develop an analytical model and use parameters from filtering experiments conducted during a U.S. Navy Fleet Battle Experiment (FBE) to explore the model’s implications.
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