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Future mobile network services could be provided around dynamically created virtual organisations (VO) utilising mobile code executing on a set of computing platforms (here called depots). These VO could be associated with enterprises, service providers, or mobile network operators whose code migrates amongst some set of computing platforms, some of which are closely associated with the mobile network operators infrastructure, e.g. machine-to-machine service gateways. These VO are likely to require dynamic resource acquisition based on the location and mobility of their clients/service agents. In this paper we introduce NOMAD - negotiated object migration access deployment, which is a software architecture that provides support for mobile, distributed applications, allowing such applications to locate and obtain resources where and when they are needed based on an economic resource management model. NOMAD enables virtual organisations to optimise their operations to gain competitive advantage, in an efficient market driven global infrastructure.
Date of Conference: 2004