An application of a context-aware file system

Christopher K. Hess, Roy H. Campbell

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Ubiquitous computing environments stretch the requirements of traditional infrastructures used to facilitate the development of applications. Activities are often supported by collections of applications, some of which are automatically launched with little or no human intervention. This task-driven environment challenges existing application construction and data management techniques. In this paper, we describe a file system that organises application data based on contextual information, imports user data based on its physical presence, and supports format conversions to accommodate device context. We describe several applications that we have developed within our ubiquitous computing infrastructure and show how they leverage the novel features of our file system to simplify their complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-352
Number of pages14
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003


  • Context
  • Data management
  • File systems
  • Operating systems
  • Ubiquitous computing spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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