Efficient Filtering in Publish-Subscribe Systems using Binary Decision Diagrams

Implicit invocation or publish-subscribe has become an important architectural style for large-scale system design and evolution. The publish-subscribe style facilitates developing large-scale systems by composing separately developed components because the style permits loose coupling between various components. One of the major bottlenecks in using publish-subscribe systems for very large scale systems is the efficiency of filtering incoming messages, i.e., matching of published events with event subscriptions. This is a very challenging problem because in a realistic publish-subscribe system the number of subscriptions can be large. In this paper we present an approach for matching published events with subscriptions which scales to a large number of subscriptions. Our approach uses Binary Decision Diagrams, a compact data structure for representing boolean functions which has been successfully used in verification techniques such as model checking. Experimental results clearly demonstrate the efficiency of our approach.
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Somesh Jha
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