Application mobility in pervasive computing: A survey

Ping Yu, Xiaoxing Ma, Jiannong Cao, Jian Lu

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Pervasive computing applications often need to maintain uninterrupted computing experiences when users move across devices. This advanced feature, recognized as application mobility, brings many challenges to the pervasive computing community. For a better understanding of the challenges and existing approaches to application mobility, this paper surveys related work with a classification and comparison framework established along four dimensions of design concerns in application migration: temporal, spatial, entity and other concerns. Through this survey this paper attempts to provide a systematic reference for developers to leverage off among different migration strategies for seamless application mobility. Moreover, it sheds some light on future work directions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-17
Number of pages16
JournalPervasive and Mobile Computing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


  • Application mobility
  • Context-awareness
  • Pervasive computing
  • Seamlessness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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