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Enabling Large-Scale IoT-Based Services through Elastic Publish/Subscribe

School of Computer Science, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28660-Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Sensors 2017, 17(9), 2148;
Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 7 September 2017 / Accepted: 14 September 2017 / Published: 19 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Generation Sensors Enabling and Fostering IoT)
In this paper, we report an algorithm that is designed to leverage the cloud as infrastructure to support Internet of Things (IoT) by elastically scaling in/out so that IoT-based service users never stop receiving sensors’ data. This algorithm is able to provide an uninterrupted service to end users even during the scaling operation since its internal state repartitioning is transparent for publishers or subscribers; its scaling operation is time-bounded and depends only on the dimension of the state partitions to be transmitted to the different nodes. We describe its implementation in E-SilboPS, an elastic content-based publish/subscribe (CBPS) system specifically designed to support context-aware sensing and communication in IoT-based services. E-SilboPS is a key internal asset of the FIWARE IoT services enablement platform, which offers an architecture of components specifically designed to capture data from, or act upon, IoT devices as easily as reading/changing the value of attributes linked to context entities. In addition, we discuss the quantitative measurements used to evaluate the scale-out process, as well as the results of this evaluation. This new feature rounds out the context-aware content-based features of E-SilboPS by providing, for example, the necessary middleware for constructing dashboards and monitoring panels that are capable of dynamically changing queries and continuously handling data in IoT-based services. View Full-Text
Keywords: content-based publish/subscribe; Chandy–Lamport algorithm; distributed snapshot; distributed system; Internet of Things content-based publish/subscribe; Chandy–Lamport algorithm; distributed snapshot; distributed system; Internet of Things
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Vavassori, S.; Soriano, J.; Fernández, R. Enabling Large-Scale IoT-Based Services through Elastic Publish/Subscribe. Sensors 2017, 17, 2148.

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