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Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom)


This paper presents the “Solar” system framework that allows resources to advertise context-sensitive names and for applications to make context-sensitive name queries. The heart of our framework is a small specification language that allows composition of “context-processing operators” to calculate the desired context. Resources use the framework to register and applications use the framework to lookup context-sensitive name descriptions. The back-end system executes these operators and constantly updates the context values, adjusting advertised names and informing applications about changes. We report experimental results from a prototype, using a modified version of the Intentional Naming System (INS) as the core directory service.