The Tiny Instrument Element

Francesco Lelli*, Cesare Pautasso

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the past few years, the idea of extending the Grid to cover
also the remote access, control, management of instrument devices has
been explored in a few initiatives. Existing tools lack in generality and
require advanced specialized computer science knowledge, thus making
them difficult to be broadly adopted in the scientific community. In this
paper we present a new open source initiative that is designed to overcome these problems. The Tiny Instrument Element project defines a
high level architecture for plugging instruments into the Grid and provides the corresponding skeleton implementation. This lightweight approach, as opposed to existing middleware-based solutions, reduces the
effort required to Gridify existing instruments. The paper evaluates the
proposed abstraction with a case study from a pervasive computing scenario.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Grid and Pervasive Computing
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • web services
  • Web 2.0
  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing
  • Grid Computing
  • IoT


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