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e-Science 2008 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science

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A Web Services Architecture for Visualization


  • Jason Wood, University of Leeds
  • Ken Brodlie, University of Leeds
  • Jungwook Seo, University of Leeds
  • David Duke, University of Leeds
  • Jeremy Walton, NAG


Service-oriented architectures are increasingly being used as the architectural style for creating large distributed computer applications. This paper examines the provision of visualization as a service that can be made available to application designers in order to combine with other services. We develop a three-layer architecture: a client layer which provides the user interface; a stateful Web service middleware layer which provides a published interface to the visualization system; and finally, a visualization component layer which provides the core functionality of visualization techniques. This separation of middleware from the visualization components is crucial: it allows us to exploit the strengths of Web service technologies in providing standardized access to the system, and in maintaining state information throughout a session, but also gives us the freedom to build our visualization layer in an efficient and flexible way without the constraints of Web service protocols. We describe the design of a visualization service based on this architecture, and illustrate one aspect of the work by revisiting an early example of web-based visualization.

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Thursday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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