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JSW 2006 Vol.1(1): 23-31 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.1.1.23-31

Semantics and Extensions of WS-Agreement

Ganna Frankova, Daniela Malfatti, and Marco Aiello
Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies, Univ. of Trento, Trento, Italy

Abstract—When having repeated interactions with a service provider, a service consumer might desire guarantees on the delivery of the service. These guarantees involve both functional and non-functional properties of the offered service over a number of invocations. When the guarantee terms are explicitly defined in a document, we talk about a service level agreement.WS-Agreement is an industry driven emerging protocol for the specification of agreements in the context of Web Services. If, on the one hand, WS-Agreement defines the XML syntax for the language and protocol, on the other hand, it gives only a vague textual overview of the intended meaning. We fill this gap by providing a formal definition of an agreement and analyzing the possible evolutions of agreements and their terms over an execution. As a result we identify a number of extensions which involve the initial negotiation, the monitoring of running agreements, and the possibility of renegotiating agreements in executions. We evaluate the proposed approach through experimentation.

Index Terms—Service-Oriented Computing, Service Level Agreement, Quality of Service, Web Services

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Cite: Ganna Frankova, Daniela Malfatti, and Marco Aiello, " Semantics and Extensions of WS-Agreement," Journal of Software vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 23-31, 2006.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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