QoS-aware Mobile Web Services Discovery Using Utility Functions
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Existing QoS-aware Web Services discovery architectures tend to focus solely on fulfilling the requirements of either the client or the provider. However, the interests of the provider and client are not equivalent. The provider’s goal is to maximize the profit and consume the least amount of resources. On the other hand, the client’s selection is determined by their own requirements which do not always reflect the real resource overheads. This research aims to provide a novel mobile Web Services discovery and selection method based on utility functions to balance the requirements for clients and providers. In the mobile environment, it is critical to conserve resource consumption in addition to fulfilling user requirements, as resources such as wireless network bandwidth and mobile device power are precious. The proposed service selection strategy enables service providers to balance the cost/performance ratios and utilize the network bandwidth more effectively, while the clients can still attain the functional and quality levels specified in the service request.