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-===== Tuples on the Ambient (TOTAM) =====+====== Scoped Tuples for the Ambient (TOTAM) ======
-TOTAM is a communication abstraction to enable pervasive social interactivity: it make possible that flockrs can communicate with each other without being connected at the same time while maintaining privacy and limited network traffic+TOTAM is tuple space model geared towards mobile ad hoc networks which provides a dynamic scoping mechanism that limits the transportation of tuples
-The basic communications API of the framework provides means to address and communicate with individual flockrs by means of remote objects references.  +TOTAM adopts features of both federated tuple spaces and replication-based approaches: it combines replication of tuples for read operations while guaranteeing atomicity for remove operations
-However, communicating with a large amount of flockrs in this fashion does not scale (as it would require to manually manage a group of remote references whose composition change often). +In TOTAM, tuple spaces are annotated with tuple space descriptors used to determine the scope of a tuple. 
-Instead, we have designed a dedicated communication abstraction for flock communication called //TOTAM//.+The novelty of our approach lies in the use of these tuple space descriptors to determine that a tuple should be propagated before it is transmitted. This enhances privacy and decreases the burden on the network traffic in a wide range of applications.
-==== Design ====+===== Motivation =====
-We have reused the concepts developed by  [[http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=|TOTA]]. This could be combined with the RETE engine we built for the characteristic functions, in the future to reason about multiple tuples. +[[http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=|TOTA]] is one of the most dynamic tuple-based solutions for coordination in mobile networks. It relies on tuples which hop from location to location to coordinate distributed application nodes. Rather than merging local tuple spaces upon network connection as other tuple-based approaches like LIME, tuples themselves decide how to propagate from a tuple space to another. This means that tuples are injected in the network with and can autonomously propagate according to application-specific propagation rules expressed in the tuples themselves.  
 +These propagation rules are crucial to provide programmers with a flexible mechanism to achieve context-awareness based not only on connectivity but also on semantic information.
-The original idea was to build a framework similar to TOTA to be able to exchange and percolate guanotes. Tota proposes relying on distributed tuples to coordinate distributed application nodes. Tuples are injected in the network and can autonomously propagate according to application-specific propagation rules expressed in the tuples themselves. The idea is to implement TOTAM as a general framework so that we can then instantiate our TOTAM with guanote objects in [[:uf:guanotes|Guanotes]]. A guanote actually extends a tuple object of TOTAM with some flockr-dependent behaviour. +However, in TOTA tuples are sent to all communication partners in range. Upon arrival at the receiver side, the tuple itself decides whether it has to be stored in that tuple space. As all devices can potentially access all information, information cannot be hidden or scoped. By transmitting tuples potential malicious or non-intended users are provided with sensitive information. Not only does sending all tuples blindly to all communication partners in range may be unacceptable for certain applications, it also creates a network trafc overhead and has performance repercussions on mobile devices which are likely to have scarce resources, such as limited battery life.
-TOTAM has been designed to be independent from service discovery. So, Guanotes will also have to implement some glue codeto plug in the discovery mechanism of Urbiflock (via Flockr).+===== Scoped Tuples for the Ambient =====
-==== API ====+TOTAM provides the programmer with means to scope the tuples themselves, i.e the tuples can dynamically adjust their scope as they hop from location to location. By means of tuple space descriptors, programmers can scope their tuples preventing them to be propagated to unwanted locations. This scope is determined before the tuple is transmitted, thus allowing the programmer to prevent the physical transportation of tuples to devices which are not targeted.
-Here comes the public interface to interact with an AmbientTota framework:+{{:research:totamspace.jpg?481x150|:research:totamspace.jpg}} 
 +Figure above illustrates how a scoped tuple is propagated through the TOTAM network. It depicts two types of locations, the blue and red locations corresponding to two teams of a multi-player game scenario where users (blue team) can use their PDA’s to chase dangerous (virtual) gangsters (red team) in the outdoors. The scope of the propagated tuple has been limited to blue locations. Figure (a) illustrates that a tuple is injected from the location with a star. This location is connected to four blue locations and one red location. As the scope of the tuple is limited to blue locations the tuple is only sent to the four blue locations. From those four locations the tuple is transitively propagated obeying the scope of the tuple until all connected blue locations are reached without being transmitted to a red location. Note that one blue location is not transitively connected to the sending device and thus does not receive the tuple. Figure (b) illustrates that a blue location moved into the range of the isolated blue location and thus, transmits the tuple to it. Again the tuple is not transmitted to nearby red locations. It is important to note from this operational sketch that the first isolated location receives a tuple without being connected at any time with the start location in which the tuple was originally inserted. 
 +===== API ===== 
 +TOTAM has been implemented in AmbientTalk. The system library shipped with AmbientTalk contains the TOTAM implementation under at/lang/totam.at. 
 +In order to use TOTAM, you need to load the library and create a TOTAM tuple space as follows:
<code> <code>
-makeTupleSpace() +import /.at.lang.totam; 
-makeTuple(tupleID+def myTupleSpace := makeTupleSpace(); 
-extendTuple: tuple with: closure+</code>  
 +A description can be passed in the ''makeTupleSpace'' operation in order to activate the scoping mechanism (as we will explain later).  To create a tuple or a template, the tuple operation can be used as follows: 
 +// a “hallo” message tuple from wolf. 
 +def halloTuple := tuple: ["Message", “wolf”, “hallo”]; 
 +// a template for message tuples from wolf. 
 +def wolfTuples := tuple: ["Message", “wolf”, var: `content]; 
 +// a template for any message tuples. 
 +def msgTuples := tuple: ["Message", var: `from, var: `content];
</code> </code>
-A tuple space (ts) in AmbientTota basically consists of a local ts, an ambient ts (to inject tuples in the ambient). The public interface of an ts is the following:+TOTAM provides operations to add and read tuples from the tuple space as follows:
<code> <code>
-// tota operations to manage a local ts +// add tuple to tuple space 
-def add(tuple+myTupleSpace.out(halloTuple)
-def delete(template) ->; vector with the deleted tuples  +// get a Message tuple 
-matching the template +def aMessageTuple := myTupleSpace.rdp(msgTuples); 
-def read(template) -> vector with the matching tuples+// get all Message tuples. 
 +def messageTuples := myTupleSpace.rdg(msgTuples)
-//publishes a tuple into the ambient ( ~ inject in TOTA+The ''rdp(template)'' and ''rdg(template)'' operations return a tuple or all tuples matching the template in the tuple space if present (without removing), respectively.  
-def inject(tuple) -> subscription object to cancel the injection+Note that these operations are non-blocking. The'' out(tuple)'' operation to insert a private tuple in the tuple space. In order for applications to insert a public tuple, thereby making it available to other collocated TOTAM systems, the'' inject:'' operation is provided.
-// places a listener on to the local TS ( ~ subscribe in TOTA+<code> 
-// it returns a publication object to be able to unsusbscribe  +myTupleSpace.goOnline();  
-when: template matches:{ | tuple | +myTupleSpace.inject: halloTuple; 
- // code   +&lt;/code&gt;
-//Templates are currently boolean expressions on tuples.  +
-Example of template applied to guanotes+
-{ |guanote|  guanote.flock == &quot;KK&quot; }+
-//methods belonging to the propagation protocol+Note that the network facilities are disabled by default, so before injecting something in the network, the ''goOnline()'' method must be called on the tuple space.
-// notifies the discovery of a remote ts +A tuple injected to the network carries the following default propagation protocol
-// and starts the propagation protocol (send side) + 
-def notifyTSDiscovered(ts) +<code> 
-// notifies the arrival of tuples from a ts  +def defaultPropagationProtocol(){ 
-// receive side of the propagation protocol +  isolate: { 
-def receiveTyples(tuples)+    //receiver-side protocol 
 +    def decideEnter(ts) { true }; 
 +   def doAction(ts){}; 
 +   def changeTupleContent(ts){self}; 
 +    def decideStore(ts) {true}; 
 +   //sender-side protocol 
 +   def inScope(senderDescriptor,receiverDescriptor){ true }; 
 +    def decideDie(ts){false}; 
 +  }; 
</code> </code>
-A tuple in our system is just the object contained in a local TS offering the following API to propagate itself: +However, other propagation protocols can be created and attached to a tuple before being injected in the network as follows:
<code> <code>
-// called in every tuple at pass()  +//define a new propagation protocol 
-def decidePropagation() -&gt; boolean +def blueProtocol := propagationProtocol: { 
-// specifies operations on the local TS + def inScope(senderDescriptor,receiverDescriptor) {  
-def doAction ()+    receiverDescriptor.team == &quot;blue" }
-// specifies operations on the tuple itself  +}
-def changeTupleContent() -&gt; tuple +// attach the protocol to a tuple 
-// if true -&gt; note gets added to local TS +def aBlueTuple := tuple: [&quot;Message&quot;, &quot;hallo&quot;]  
-def decideStore () -&gt; boolean +withPropagationProtocol: blueProtocol
-// if true -&gt; tuple gets unexported and deleted from local TS. +// inject the tuple to the network 
-//new operation not in TOTA +def publication := inject: aBlueTuple;
-def decideDie() ->; boolean +
</code> </code>
-decideDie() is there for discontinuous decidePropagation functions. for example, tuples that should be only propagated every Tuesday could not implemented with TOTA because the propagation protocol only gets called once. We change this by providing decideDie() that gets called when you decide not to propagate. Like this a tuple can still be propagate at a later point in time, despite the fact that the decidePropagation function has evaluated to false at a certain moment.+The ''propagationProtocol:'' operation creates a propagation protocol object which extends the default propagation protocol object with other semantics. this sample code shows a protocol based on the operational sketch figure that checks whether the receiver of the tuple is part of the blue team. This is attached to the tuple by means of the ''tuple:withPropagationProtocol:'' operation which is then injected into the network. The inject: operation returns a publication object which can be used as follows to remove the tuple from the network. 
 +// sends an antituple to notify the removal of this tuple. 
 +In order to notify the removal of a tuple, TOTAM sends an antituple for the removed tuple. For every tuple there is (conceptually) a unique antituple with the same format and content, but with a different sign. All tuples injected by an application have positive sign while their antituples have a negative sign. Whenever a tuple and its antituple are stored in the same tuple space, they immediately annihilate one another, i.e. they both get removed from the tuple space. By means of antituples, TOTAM can “unsend” tuples injected to the network. 
 +===== Further Reading ===== 
 +**TOTAM: Scoped Tuples for the Ambient**, C. Scholliers, E. Gonzalez Boix, W. De Meuter. Proceedings of the Second International DisCoTec Workshop on Context-aware Adaptation Mechanisms for Pervasive and Ubiquitous Services (CAMPUS 2009), from Electronic Communications of the EASST, eds. 2009.  
 +([[ http://prog.vub.ac.be/Publications/2009/vub-prog-tr-09-07.pdf | pdf]]) 
 +Note: The paper above and this webpage may have differ in the syntax for TOTAM. This webpage has been updated to fit the current implementation of TOTAM.
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