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A Pattern-Based Approach to Protocol Mediation for Web Services Composition


Xitong Li


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Stuart Madnick


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Quan Z. Sheng


University of Adelaide

Yushun Fan


Tsinghua University

September 16, 2008

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4716-08

Abstract:     
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 can not be directly composed. Service mediation, roughly classified into signature and protocol ones, thus becomes one key working area in SOA. As a challenging problem, protocol mediation is still open and existing approaches only provide partial solutions. In this paper, a systematic 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. Moreover, a prototype system, namely Service Mediation Toolkit (SMT), is implemented to validate the feasibility and effectiveness of our approach.

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Keywords: Service oriented architecture, Web service, Service composition, Protocol mediation, Mediator

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Date posted: September 18, 2008  

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Li, Xitong and Madnick, Stuart and Sheng, Quan Z. and Fan, Yushun, A Pattern-Based Approach to Protocol Mediation for Web Services Composition (September 16, 2008). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4716-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1269038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1269038

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Xitong Li (Contact Author)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )
77 Massachusetts Ave.
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Stuart E. Madnick
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02142
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Quan Z. Sheng
University of Adelaide ( email )
No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia
Yushun Fan
Tsinghua University ( email )
Beijing, 100084
China
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