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19th Large Installation System Administration Conference—Abstract

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Voluntary Cooperation in Pervasive Computing Services

Mark Burgess and Kyrre Begnum, Oslo University College


The advent of pervasive computing is moving us towards a new paradigm for computing in terms of ad hoc services. This carries with it a certain risk, from a security and management viewpoint. Users become increasingly responsible for their own hosts. A form of service transaction based on minimal trust is discussed. A proof of concept implementation of non-demand (voluntary) services is discussed for pervasive computing environments. `Voluntary Remote Procedure Call' is a test-implementation of the proposed protocol integrated into cfengine, to show how voluntary cooperation of nodes can allow a cautious exchange of collaborative services, based on minimal trust. An analysis of implementation approaches followed by a discussion of the desirability of this technology is presented.
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