A pattern-based approach to protocol mediation for web services composition

Xitong Li*, Yushun Fan, Stuart Madnick, Quan Z. Sheng

*Corresponding author for this work

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Context: With the increasing popularity of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), service composition is gaining momentum as the potential silver bullet for application integration. However, services are not always perfectly compatible and therefore cannot be directly composed. Service mediation, roughly classified into signature and protocol ones, thus becomes one key working area in SOA. Objective: As a challenging problem, protocol mediation is still open and existing approaches only provide partial solutions. Further investigation on a systematic approach is needed. Methods: In this paper, an approach based on mediator patterns is proposed to generate executable mediators and glue partially compatible services together. The mediation process and its main steps are introduced. By utilizing message mapping, a heuristic technique for identifying protocol mismatches and selecting appropriate mediator patterns is presented. The corresponding BPEL templates of these patterns are also developed. Results: A prototype system, namely Service Mediation Toolkit (SMT), has been implemented to validate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed approach. Conclusion: The approach along with the prototype system facilitate the existing practice of protocol mediation for Web services composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-323
Number of pages20
JournalInformation and Software Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • BPEL
  • Protocol mediation
  • Service composition
  • Service oriented architecture
  • Web service


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