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Type: Journal article
Title: A pattern-based approach to protocol mediation for web services composition
Author: Li, X.
Fan, Y.
Madnick, S.
Sheng, Q.
Citation: Information and Software Technology, 2010; 52(3):304-323
Publisher: Elsevier Science BV
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0950-5849
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Xitong Li, Yushun Fan, Stuart Madnick and Quan Z. Sheng
Abstract: Context With the increasing popularity of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), service composition is gaining momentum as the potential silver bullet for application integration. However, services are not always perfectly compatible and therefore cannot be directly composed. Service mediation, roughly classified into signature and protocol ones, thus becomes one key working area in SOA. Objective As a challenging problem, protocol mediation is still open and existing approaches only provide partial solutions. Further investigation on a systematic approach is needed. Methods In this paper, an approach based on mediator patterns is proposed to generate executable mediators and glue partially compatible services together. The mediation process and its main steps are introduced. By utilizing message mapping, a heuristic technique for identifying protocol mismatches and selecting appropriate mediator patterns is presented. The corresponding BPEL templates of these patterns are also developed. Results A prototype system, namely Service Mediation Toolkit (SMT), has been implemented to validate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed approach. Conclusion The approach along with the prototype system facilitate the existing practice of protocol mediation for Web services composition.
Keywords: Service oriented architecture; Web service; Service composition; Protocol mediation; BPEL
Rights: Copyright © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020094252
DOI: 10.1016/j.infsof.2009.11.002
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