A flexible middleware layer for user-to-user messaging

Jan Mark S. Wams, Maarten van Steen

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There is growing trend to unify user-to-user messaging systems to allow message exchange, independent of time, place, protocol, and end-user device. Building gateways to interconnect existing messaging systems seems an obvious approach to unification. In this paper we argue that unification should take place at the level of the underlying messaging models. Such a unification results in one messaging model that has maximum adaptability, allowing one system to deliver the same messaging services that all currently existing messaging systems deliver, as well as hitherto impossible mixes of those services. We present a novel unified messaging model that supports maximum adaptability. Our approach supports the same services that all current messaging models support, including those of e-mail, fax, SMS, ICQ, i-mail, USENET News, AIM, blog, MMS, and voicemail. To substantiate the claim that such a unified model can be implemented efficiently on a worldwide scale, we present the design of an accompanying highly adaptable and scalable messaging middleware system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDistributed Applications and Interoperable Systems
Subtitle of host publication4th IFIP WG6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2003, Paris, France, November 17-21, 2003. Proceedings
EditorsJean-Bernard Stefani, Isabelle Demeure, Daniel Hagimont
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-40010-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-20529-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event4th IFIP WG6.1 International Conference on Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, DAIS 2003 - Paris, France
Duration: 17 Nov 200321 Nov 2003
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference4th IFIP WG6.1 International Conference on Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, DAIS 2003
Abbreviated titleDAIS


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