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Evaluation of Distributed SOAP and RESTful MobileWeb Services

AlShahwan, F, Moessner, K and Carrez, F (2010) Evaluation of Distributed SOAP and RESTful MobileWeb Services International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services, 3 (3 & 4). pp. 447-461.

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Even mobile Web Services are still provided using servers that usually reside in the core networks. Main reason for not providing large and complex Web Services from resource limited mobile devices is not only the volatility of wireless connections and mobility of mobile hosts, but also, the often limited processing power. Offloading of some of the processing tasks is one step towards achieving optimal mobile Web Service provision. This paper presents two frameworks for providing distributed mobile Web Services: One mobile service provision framework is built on Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), while the other implements Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture. Both frameworks have been extended with offloading functionality and different types of resource intensive operations, i.e., process intensive and bandwidth intensive services, have been tested. The results show that using a REST-based framework leads of a better performing offloading behaviour, compared to SOAP-based mobile services. Distributed mobile services based on REST consume fewer resources and achieve better performance compared to SOAP based mobile services. The paper describes the approach, evaluation method and findings.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Centre for Communication Systems Research
Authors :
AlShahwan, F
Moessner, K
Carrez, F
Date : 1 November 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords : Mobile Web Services; REST; SOAP; Service Distribution
Additional Information : 2010, © Copyright by authors, Published under agreement with IARIA -
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 Jan 2012 16:45
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:20

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