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The design of a configurable and reconfigurable middleware platform

Coulson, G and Blair, Gordon and Clarke, M and Parlavantzas, N (2002) The design of a configurable and reconfigurable middleware platform. Distributed Computing, 15 (2). pp. 109-126. ISSN 0178-2770

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Abstract

It is now well established that middleware platforms must accommodate an increasingly diverse range of requirements arising from the needs of both applications and underlying systems. Moreover, it is clear that to achieve this accommodation, platforms must be capable of both deployment-time configurability and run-time reconfigurability. This paper describes a middleware platform that addresses these requirements. The platform is built using a well-founded lightweight component model, uses reflective techniques to facilitate (re)configuration, and employs the notion of component frameworks to manage and constrain the scope of reconfiguration operations, Importantly, the platform also aims to achieve high performance and a level of standards conformance (e.g., with CORBA and COM). We demonstrate that, despite its high degree of configurability, the platform performs on a par with standard commercial CORBA ORBs.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Distributed Computing
Uncontrolled Keywords: middleware ; reconfiguration ; component technology reflection ; MANAGEMENT
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 52577
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2012 09:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52577

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