Issues in Context-Aware and Adaptive Middleware for Wireless, Mobile Networked Systems

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Executive Summary

Computing devices, including the obvious PDAs, GPSs, iPods, cell phones and laptops, as well as the less obvious ones embedded inside automobiles, appliances, smart buildings, and even greeting cards, permeate the daily lives. Many of these computing devices are already interconnected and more are becoming so, frequently through wireless connections and increasingly in an ad hoc manner. The devices and users are often mobile and it is not always obvious what devices are present, reachable, and connected. In an environment where mobile computing devices of various footprints interact over wireless and ad hoc networks, Quality of Service (QoS) management is necessary to effectively utilize the constrained and shared resources for the complex and feature rich applications that are increasingly found in such environments.

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