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FEW phone file system

Author(s): Soares, João Paulo da Conceição

Date: 2009

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Optimistic data replication system; Periodic reconciliation; Data transcoding; Data sources detection; Mobile computing


The evolution of mobile phones has made these devices more than just simple mobile communication devices. Current mobile phones include such features as built-in digital cameras, the ability to play and record multimedia contents and also the possibility of playing games. Most of these devices have support for Java developed applications, as well as multiple wireless technologies (e.g. GSM/GPRS, UMTS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi). All these features have been made possible due to technological evolution that led to the improvement of computational power, storage capacity, and communication capabilities of these devices. This thesis presents a distributed data management system, based on optimistic replication,named FEW Phone File System. This system takes advantage of the storage capacity and wireless communication capabilities of current mobile phones, by allowing users to carry their personal data “in” their mobile phones, and to access it in any workstation, as if they were files in the local file system. The FEW Phone File System is based on a hybrid architecture that merges the client/server model with peer-to-peer replication, that relies on periodic reconciliation to maintain consistency between replicas. The system’s server side runs on the mobile phone, and the client on a workstation. The communication between the client and the server can be supported by one of multiple network technologies, allowing the FEW Phone File System to dynamically adapt to the available network connectivity. The presented system addresses the mobile phone’s storage and power limitations by allowing multimedia contents to be adapted to the device’s specifications, thus reducing the volume of data transferred to the mobile phone, allowing for more user’s data to be stored. The FEW Phone File System also integrates mechanisms that maintain information about the existence of other copies of the stored files (e.g. WWW), avoiding the transfer of those files from the mobile device whenever accessing those copies is advantageous. Due to the increasing number of on-line storage resources (e.g. CVS/SVN, Picasa), this approach allows for those resources to be used by the FEW Phone File System to obtain the stored copies of the user’s files.

Trabalho apresentado no âmbito do Mestrado em Engenharia Informática, como requisito parcial para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Informática

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Preguiça, Nuno
Contributor(s) Soares, João Paulo da Conceição
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