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An Asynchronous Distributed Systems Platform for Heterogeneous Environments

Davies, Nigel and Friday, Adrian and Blair, Gordon S. and Wade, Stephen (1998) An Asynchronous Distributed Systems Platform for Heterogeneous Environments. In: 8th ACM SIGOPS European Workshop: Support for Composing Distributed Applications, 1998-09-071998-09-10, Sintra, Portugal.

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    Abstract

    Since its introduction over a decade ago the tuple space paradigm has attracted interest from the distributed systems community. Despite being developed for shared memory parallel architectures, the simplicity and elegance of the model has led researchers to attempt to realise it in loosely coupled distributed environments. This paper argues that these attempts have largely failed due to their selection of inappropriate target domains, lack of multicast support and failure to operate in heterogeneous environments. We present the design and implementation of a new tuple space platform engineered using IP multicast. The platform is designed to support complex distributed applications such as groupware and mobile applications, operates over a range of end-systems and networks and offers performance comparable to existing RPC based platforms even in tests designed to benefit the RPC paradigm.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: 8th ACM SIGOPS European Workshop: Support for Composing Distributed Applications
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 97 cs_uid ; 1
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 11637
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 28 May 2008 18:12
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:23
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11637

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