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Supporting object interaction in heterogeneous distributed systems

Lea, Rodger and Walpole, Jonathan (1990) Supporting object interaction in heterogeneous distributed systems. Computer Communications, 13 (6). pp. 365-373. ISSN 0140-3664

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Abstract

Despite the inherent suitability of object-oriented languages for use in distributed systems, projects which have addressed this topic have encountered considerable difficulties. As a result, proposed solutions are generally limited to environments which are homogeneous in terms of system software, hardware and the object models they support. The paper studies current approaches to distributing object-oriented languages and argues that mechanisms for supporting distribution should be provided, not at the language level, but by the underlying system. Implementation of the Aide system is then detailed; this system provides such support separately from the operating system kernel, on an intelligent coprocessor. It is argued that this approach is necessary for efficient implementation in heterogeneous distributed systems.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Computer Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributed systems ; object-oriented languages ; interobject communication
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57491
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2012 13:01
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 13:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57491

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