Andreas Dittrich, Felix Salfner,
Experimental Responsiveness Evaluation of Decentralized Service Discovery,
In: 24th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops and Phd Forum (IPDPSW), pp. 1-7, Atlanta, GA, USA: IEEE Computer Society, 2010.

Abstract: Service discovery is a fundamental concept in service networks. It provides networks with the capability to publish, browse and locate service instances. Service discovery is thus the precondition for a service network to operate correctly and for the services to be available. In the last decade, decentralized service discovery mechanisms have become increasingly popular. Especially in ad-hoc scenarios - such as ad-hoc wireless networks - they are an integral part of auto-configuring service networks. Albeit the fact that auto-configuring networks are increasingly used in application domains where dependability is a major issue, these environments are inherently unreliable. In this paper, we examine the dependability of decentralized service discovery. We simulate service networks that are automatically configured by Zeroconf technologies. Since discovery is a time-critical operation, we evaluate responsiveness - the probability to perform some action on time even in the presence of faults - of domain name system (DNS) based service discovery under influence of packet loss. We show that responsiveness decreases significantly already with moderate packet loss and becomes practicably unacceptable with higher packet loss.

Keywords: Zeroconf technologies;ad-hoc scenarios;ad-hoc wireless networks;autoconfiguring service networks;decentralized service discovery;domain name system;experimental responsiveness evaluation;distributed processing;software performance evaluation;


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