Research Article Open Access

Publish, Subscribe and Federate!

Marco Aurelio Spohn1
  • 1 Federal University of Fronteira Sul, Chapecó/SC, Brazil
Journal of Computer Science
Volume 16 No. 7, 2020, 863-870


Submitted On: 23 April 2020
Published On: 6 July 2020

How to Cite: Spohn, M. A. (2020). Publish, Subscribe and Federate!. Journal of Computer Science, 16(7), 863-870.


Connecting usual things/objects to the Internet allows the monitoring and control of such things from anywhere, which is usually referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Things communicate among themselves or with other entities (e.g., a server) so that information can be gathered from things whilst proper actions can be taken upon them. A prominent communication approach adopted by many IoT applications is related to the Publish/Subscribe (P/S) paradigm. Any communication entity willing to provide some data announces its intention to a server (broker), establishing itself as a publisher for such data/topic. Entities that are willing to receive any published data, register themselves to the broker as subscribers. While employing just one broker might lead to a bottleneck and a single point of failure, when having multiple brokers one could end up having difficulties with their management. This work presents a scalable and efficient proposal for the federation of independent brokers, by allowing subscribers to get all their publications no matter to which broker publishers and subscribers are associated with.



  • Publish/Subscribe Communication
  • Federation of P/S Brokers
  • Internet of Things