Efficient SOAP binding for mobile web services

Lai, K, Phan, T and Tari, Z 2005, 'Efficient SOAP binding for mobile web services', in M. Waldvogel (ed.) Local Computer Networks (LCN), Sydney, 17-17 November 2005.

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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Efficient SOAP binding for mobile web services
Author(s) Lai, K
Phan, T
Tari, Z
Year 2005
Conference name Conference on Local Computer Networks
Conference location Sydney
Conference dates 17-17 November 2005
Proceedings title Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Editor(s) M. Waldvogel
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Los Alamitos, CA
Abstract Existing Web services rely on HTTP and TCP as the underlying transport protocols for SOAP messaging. While these protocols provide a number of benefits, including being able to pass through firewalls and are universally supported across different platforms, they were designed for wired networks with high bandwidth, low latency and low error rate transmissions. Due to the variability of wireless channels however, these assumptions do not hold in wireless environments. In this paper, we investigate the performance of HTTP and TCP as transport protocols for SOAP in wireless environments. Through extensive testing, we show that SOAP-over-HTTP and SOAP-over-TCP are inefficient and lead to high latency and transmission overhead for wireless applications. To overcome these limitations, we study the use of UDP as a binding protocol for SOAP. The results obtained are promising and show that SOAP-over-UDP provides throughput that is ten times higher compared to SOAP-over-HTTP in a wireless setting. Furthermore, using UDP to transport SOAP messages reduces transmission overhead by more than 50% compared to SOAP-over-HTTP. Finally, to illustrate where UDP binding can be useful, example applications are also described in this paper.
Subjects Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) web services
SOAP performance
DOI - identifier 10.1109/LCN.2005.62
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