[Standards-JIG] JEP-0060: PubSub background. Info on JBI Fuselets

Bob Wyman bob at wyman.us
Wed Jun 23 15:16:52 UTC 2004

FYI:      The US Air force is currently designing a pubsub based system
called the JBI or "Joint BattleSpace InfoSphere."[1] This is intended to be
a primary method for communicating information in future battles and
military operations. They currently use a non-Jabber protocol[2] for doing
their pubsub, however, many of their ideas are interesting and could inform
future Jabber/XMPP pubsub implementations. One interesting element or idea
of the JBI effort is the definition of what are called "Fuselets".[3] These
are "applets" that do "data fusion". The idea is that you have programs or
processors that subscribe to pubsub services and then do "data or
information fusion" by analyzing the information they receive and publishing
new events. For instance, you might have a fuselet monitor weather patterns
and then publish messages when trends are discovered.

            A new paper has just been released which provides information on
the "Concept of Operations for Joint Battlespace Infosphere (JBI)
Fuselets"[4] and may be interesting to developers or designers of Jabber
pubsub services as a way to get some idea of some real world needs for
services to work with pubsub. It might make sense for us to look, in the
future, to defining some Fuselet standards for Jabber/XMPP.


                        bob wyman


[1] http://www.if.afrl.af.mil/tech/programs/jbi/

[2] http://www.infospherics.org/

[3] http://www.fuselet.org/

[4] http://www.fuselet.org/specifications/FuseletCONOPS-V1.1-23Jun04.doc

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