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µCloud: Towards a New Paradigm of Rich Mobile Applications

March, Verdi; Gu, Yan; Leonardi, Erwin; Goh, George; Kirchberg, Markus; Lee, Bu Sung;
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): mobile cloud; component; composition

Abstract: Rich mobile applications are characterized by rich functionality, offline usability and portability. However, it is not trivial to simultaneously satisfy all the three criteria. Existing approaches such stand-alone applications and the thin-client architecture satisfy only a subset of these criteria. In this paper, we show that rich mobile applications can be achieved through the convergence of mobile and cloud computing. We address two main issues in cloud- enabled mobile applications, namely complexity of application development and offline usability. We then propose µCloud framework which models a rich mobile application as a graph of components distributed onto mobile devices and the cloud. Lastly, we discuss µCloud's major research issues, i.e., workflow language for interactive applications, offline usability, secure and scalable multi-tenancy, portability and energy optimization.

8 Pages

Additional Publication Information: To be published in MobiWIS 2011: 8th International Conference on Mobile Web Information Systems.

External Posting Date: June 21, 2011 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: June 21, 2011 [Fulltext]

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