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Heterogeneous Network Architecture

Heterogeneous networks play a key role in the evolution of communities and the decisions individuals make. These networks link different types of entities and collaborate and coordinate among various components of a given network, but can pose a variety of challenges. Reliability and security are often complicated by such matters as timing requirements, security requirements, and/or fault tolerances of the services and/or devices. For that reason, researchers at Utah State University have developed a new technique and an architecture for intelligent on-demand co-ordination of service-delivering and service-receiving entities in heterogeneous networks. This novel system utilizes resources of a network, helping the coordination and collaboration between services running on different nodes of the network, to be more reliable and predictable.
Features and Benefits
  • Healthcare
  • Military
  • Automobile
  • Building security
  • Water management
  • Agriculture/irrigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Provides formal guarantees that user-defined system objectives, and quality of service requirements are met, increasing network reliability.
  • Provides facilities for automated synthesis of control agents and their automated deployment
  • Generates constructive proof that a subset of the system resources is sufficient to satisfy the system objective, which provides proven network dependability
  • Automatically reconfigure and adapt system to account for detected changes, assuring network consistency
The system includes a coordination layer, or control shell which allows for the satisfaction of policies, objectives and/or quality of service goals, each of which may be user-defined. The coordination layer permits reliable communication between resources and output devices in a heterogeneous network. The coordination layer can promote the conformance of services and information exchanged over the network to the goals of a user and/or can promote observance of the performance desires that a user wishes for a system to exhibit.
Development Stage
The software architecture has been used to create solutions for several applications.
US Patent Application Publication No. 12/040,553
Glenn Whichard
Senior Commercialization Associate
Physical Sciences
(435) 797-9604
Reference: W07018