San Diego and Irvine--The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, has signed up a new industrial partner: Enosys Markets, a San Diego-based software firm. Cal-(IT)2 (pronounced cal-eye-tee-squared) research teams will use a software/license donated by Enosys for a data integration platform that enables businesses to rapidly integrate and query distributed information sources.
"We are excited about our involvement in research underway under the auspices of Cal-(IT)2," says Yannis Papakonstantinou, co-founder and interim CEO of Enosys Markets and an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering.
"Our Enosys Business Integration Infrastructure delivers real-time integrated information from multiple sources, so it's ideal for interdisciplinary research teams in various locations within and beyond the firewall."
Based on state-of-the-art XML-based query, mediation and transformation technology, the Enosys solution integrates at the data layer--eliminating cost and complexity from the application layer, and providing faster time to market.
According to Papakonstantinou, Enosys offers the first end-to-end XML-based platform for building applications that require integration and querying of data of distributed and heterogeneous information sources.
The system allows the application to issue XML queries (using the upcoming XQuery standard) to distributed information sources, which may include relational databases, web services, and legacy information sources. A set of supporting tools allows users to easily customize the integration and to produce web front-ends that display information from distributed sources.
Cal-(IT)2 expects to use this system to integrate information sources in the "back end" and retrieve data in XML form so that it can then be sent to client devices on the wireless network. "It will provide a useful test-bed to test concepts for repackaging XML data for delivery to a variety of endpoint devices in a wireless Web," says Larry Smarr, director of Cal-(IT)2.
"It will also provide a test-bed to conduct research on extensions needed for Cal-(IT)2 applications that deal with specialized information, such as geospatial information (for environmental applications from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and images and other bioinformatics data from the Alliance for Cell Signalling and the anticipated Biomedical Information Research Network project."