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Title: Quality of service support for service discovery and selection in service oriented computing environment
Author: Deora, Vikas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 6335
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2007
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Service oriented computing (SOC) represents a new generation of web architecture. Central to SOC is the notion of services, which are self-contained, self-describing, modular applications that can be published, located, and invoked across the Internet. The services represent capability, which can be anything from simple operations to complicated business processes. This new architecture offers great potential for e-commerce applications, where software agents can automatically find and select the services that best serve a consumer's interests. Many techniques have been proposed for discovery and selection of services, most of which have been constructed without a formal Quality of Service (QoS) model or much regard to understanding the needs of consumers. This thesis aims to provide QoS support for the entire SOC life cycle, namely: (i) extend current approaches to service discovery that allow service providers to advertise their services in a format that supports quality specifications, and allows service consumers to request services by stating required quality levels, (ii) support matchmaking between advertised and requested services based on functional as well as quality requirements, (iii) perform QoS assessment to support consumers in service selection. Many techniques exists for performing QoS assessment, most of which are based on collecting quality ratings from the users of a service. This thesis argues that collecting quality ratings alone from the users is not sufficient for deriving a reliable and accurate quality measure for a service. This is because different users often have different expectations and judgements on the quality of a service and their ratings tend to be closely related to these expectations, i.e., how their expectations are met. The thesis proposes a new model for QoS assessment, based on user expectations that collects expectations as well as ratings from the users of a service, then calculates the QoS using only the ratings which were judged on similar expectations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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