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Appliance Aggregation Architecture (A3)

Milojicic, Dejan; Bernadat, Philippe; Corben, Rick; Greenberg, Ira; Kumar, Rajnish; Messer, Alan; Muntz, Dan; O'Brien-Strain, Eamonn; Poladian, Vahe; Rowson, Jim


Keyword(s): appliance; aggregation; distributed systems; architecture

Abstract: Technology is advancing and bringing personal IT appliances into every aspect of our life, with the intention of making life easier and better for users. Wireless phones, digital cameras, and tablet PCs are examples of personal appliances available today. In the near future, it is envisioned that watches, jewelry, and clothes will be connected in a personal area network, providing new opportunities to owners of these devices. Unfortunately, technology has become so complex for an average user that it is more often a burden than a benefit. For example, applications are hard to configure, administer, and use; appliances can be stolen, losing information that is often more valuable than the appliance itself; data is often on one of the appliances that is not currently being used; and applications and interfaces differ from appliance to appliance. We propose the notion of an ensemble of aggregated appliances that presents a user with a common model of ownership, shared state, shared applications, and shared functionality .A united ensemble makes it easier for users to control their appliances; it provides users with transparently synchronized data and continuous access to applications and functionality from any appliance. We bring back the ease of use of fewer devices and fewer services, enabling users to focus on their lives and their needs rather than on technology. Appliance aggregation converts technology back to being an enabler rather than a friction. Notes:

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