[unrev-II] Silicon Valley Advanced Wireless Testbed (30 Mbps) for Software-definable Radios,Time-sharing RF Spectrum, and Peer-to-Peer Computing

From: John J. Deneen (John_Deneen@InfoTelesys.com)
Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 10:36:11 PST

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    ... a potential and revolutionary Ad Hoc Mobile OHS/DKR project?

    The Internet Developer / Technology Group (Sponsors: Right-Net.com and

    Information on Recent Meetings

       * January 16, 2001, Dewayne Hendricks, CEO of Dandin Group, a
         technical advisor to the FCC on Ultra Wideband and project manager
         of the UWB project in Tonga discussed, Personal Reflections on
         Technology and Regulatory Issues. Dewayne holds a key position in
         the evolution of this useful

       * November 21, 2000, Integrated CMOS Ultra-Wideband Localizers the
         use of Ultra-Wideband wireless technology for precise location is
         an exciting wireless technology allowing modest communications and
         precise location services. Robert Fleming of AEther Wire &
         Location, Inc. is a leader in the field.

    Many have speculated that the Next Generation Internet (NGI) will be
    much more sensory interactive than the current Web. Adding the numbers
    of sensors necessary to address this demand will bring the sensor
    business to new paradigms. Preparing today to make this transition is
    critical to the long-term success of an organization.

       * "Napster and other peer-to-peer networking technologies are 'a
         revolution that will change computing as we know it.'" - Patrick
         Gelsinger, CTO

       * "To some people, 'Ad-hoc network' usually means small number of
         highly mobile nodes without infrastructure. I have something
         different in mind. ...

    Metropolitan area:
    10E+07 houses (and other small buildings)
    10E+03 networked devices per house
    10E+10 total addressable devices.
    Network capable of self-configuring at the scale of a large metropolitan
    Useful even if no business involved in owning the net.
    Can talk across town without any monthly bill.

    Obviously much or most of the net will be wireless." - Tim Shepard, MIT
    Laboratory of Computer Science.

    The notion that every device in the network is a router is key. This
    allows you to construct ad-hoc packet radio networks, where every device
    is intelligent and an active part of the network. INTELLIGENCE BELONGS
    IN THE DEVICE, NOT IN THE NETWORK. Also, bandwidth symmetry is a key
    concept in the network architecture. It allows all devices to be both
    equal consumers and producers of information.

    attached mail follows:


                                Call for Participation


                                 co-located with the
          23rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2001)

                Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
                                   May 13-14, 2001

                                  Workshop Web site:



    March 15, 2001 Electronic submission of the position paper
    March 31, 2001 Invitation to the workshop
    May 13-14, 2001 Workshop
    June 1, 2001 Invitation to submit to ACM TOSEM



    Gruia-Catalin Roman,
    Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, USA,
    E-mail: roman@cs.wustl.edu, WWW: www.cs.wustl.edu/~roman

    Gian Pietro Picco,
    Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    E-mail: picco@elet.polimi.it, WWW: www.elet.polimi.it/~picco


    The goal of this workshop is to examine an important new wave of
    technological changes in the computing environment, i.e., the integration
    of computing, communication, and mobility.

    In traditional computer networks, applications that are permanently located
    on the same fixed hosts exchange messages via the standard infrastructure
    made of fixed routers and switches. This conventional scenario is being
    stretched in two different directions by the introduction of mobility. On
    one hand, the physical mobility of hosts is nowadays enabled by the
    increasing use of base stations (fixed routers with wireless communication
    capabilities) placed at the periphery of the fixed network, to control
    message traffic to and from mobile hosts forming a dynamic
    fringe. Ultimately, mobile hosts can detach themselves completely from the
    fixed infrastructure and may evolve independently of it in a completely
    untethered fashion. Such clouds, called mobile ad hoc networks, are
    opportunistically formed structures that change rapidly in response to the
    movement of the carriers to which the mobile hosts are attached.

    Across this highly dynamic physical structure a logical layer still more
    fluid is emerging. Code mobility removes the static binding between the
    software components of a distributed application and the network hosts
    where they are executing. Relocation of such components is then enabled, to
    achieve a higher degree of flexibility and customizability, or improved
    bandwidth utilization. More radical views encompass migration of execution
    units, mobile agents autonomously performing tasks without requiring
    permanent connectivity with the client. Although the interest in code
    mobility is being popularized and amplified by the success of the Java
    language, the relevance of mobile code is not only technological. This form
    of logical mobility has the potential to completely change the way
    distributed applications are conceived and deployed, by lifting the
    location where a component is executed to the status of first-class design

    Sorting out the software engineering implications of this intriguing and
    perplexing wave of technological changes is a nontrivial task. This
    Workshop is dedicated to the notion that software engineering must play a
    constructive role during these early and exciting phases in the development
    of the infrastructure and applications supporting mobile
    computing. Researchers are invited to discuss fundamental models, emerging
    themes, research opportunities, technological trends, and market forces in
    the field of mobile computing and communication. The immediate objective
    is to provide a forum for intellectual debate. The ultimate goal is to
    define an influential research agenda for the area as a whole and to
    generate advocacy for it by stimulating new research initiatives.


    Contributions are sought regarding any research issue specific to (any form
    of) mobility, and related to software engineering. Position papers
    describing approaches that aim at defining a common ground for physical and
    logical mobility are particularly welcome. Topics include, but are not
    limited to:

    Technology: * middleware, runtime systems, computing environments
                    * software architectures, design patterns
                    * programming language constructs
                    * algorithms
    Models: * semantics
                    * specification
                    * verification
    Applications: * case studies
                    * experience reports
                    * performance comparisons


    All position papers accepted for presentation in the workshop will be
    included in the proceedings, distributed to all the workshop attendees and
    available for sale to ICSE participants. An electronic version of the
    workshop proceedings will be made available on the Web.

    Plans call for extended versions of a select set of position papers to be
    invited for publication in the ACM Transactions of Software Engineering and
    Methodology (TOSEM). The selection will be based on the quality of the
    technical presentation, the editorial needs, and the originality of the
    material included in the position paper. Paper review and final acceptance
    will follow standard TOSEM procedures.


    Authors are invited to submit by e-mail a single electronic version of
    their position paper to the address mobility@elet.polimi.it. Both
    PostScript and PDF formats are acceptable. Submissions must be received by
    March 16, 2001. The position paper must be in English, formatted according
    to the guidelines for ICSE proceedings, and a maximum of 4 pages long
    (exclusive of the cover page). The cover page must contain: the title; the
    authors' names and affiliations; the electronic address for the contact
    author; and an abstract of no more than 200 words.

    Papers submitted for consideration may be based on previously published
    material or papers currently under review, provided that this fact is noted
    and a reference to the original material and its publication status is
    provided. Nevertheless, authors should keep in mind that only position
    papers that contain original unpublished material will be considered for
    the invitation to publish their results in TOSEM.


    Pending approval from NSF, travel grants will be made available on a
    competitive basis to doctoral students interested in participating to the
    workshop. Grants will range from $500 to $1,000. Requests for travel
    grants must be received by March 16, 2001, in the form of a one-page
    position statement following the aforementioned submission guidelines. The
    cover letter of the position statement should include the expected date of
    graduation, as well as the name of the student's advisor.


    All authors whose position papers are relevant for the themes of the
    workshop will be invited to attend. A special invitation to present a
    position paper and lead the related discussions will be extended to authors
    whose work and ideas promise to be influential, are thought provoking, or
    offer an interesting integration of existing research trends.

    The workshop will be organized around a critical evaluation of the ideas
    advocated in these position papers. Brief paper presentations will be
    followed by moderated plenary discussions. Ample time will be reserved for
    in-depth exploration of ideas about the future of mobility and its impact
    on the software engineering community.

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