SINk: A middleware for synchronization of heterogeneous software interfaces

Mohammad Hosseini, Yu Jiang, Poliang Wu, Richard B. Berlin, Lui Sha

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Abstract

Software is everywhere. The increasing requirement of sup- porting a wide variety of domains has rapidly increased the complexity of software systems, making them hard to main- tain and the training process harder for end-users, which in turn ultimately demanded the development of user-friendly application software with simple interfaces that makes them easy, especially for non-professional personnel, to employ, and interact with. However, due to the lack of source code access for third- party software and the lack of non-graphical interfaces such as web-services or RMI (Remote Method Invocation) access to application functionality, synchronization between het- erogeneous closed-box software interfaces and a user-friendly version of those interfaces has become a major challenge. In this paper, we design SINk1, a middleware that enables synchronization of multiple heterogeneous software applica- tions, using only graphical interface, without the need for source code access or access to the entire platform's con- trol. SINk helps with synchronization of closed-box industry software, where in fact the only possible way of communi- cation is through software interfaces. It leverages efficient client sever architecture, socket based protocol, adaptation to resolution changes, and parameter mapping mechanisms to transfer control events to ensure the real-time require- ments of synchronization among multiple interfaces are met. Our proof-of-concept evaluation shows there is in fact poten- tial usage of our middleware in a wide variety of domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM 2015 - Collocated with ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337335
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2015
Event14th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM 2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Dec 8 2015 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 14th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM 2015 - Collocated with ACM/IFIP/USENIX Middleware 2015

Other

Other14th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflective Middleware, ARM 2015
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period12/8/15 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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