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Systematic Composition of Objects in Distributed Internet Applications: Processes and Sessions

Chandy, K. Mani and Rifkin, Adam (1996) Systematic Composition of Objects in Distributed Internet Applications: Processes and Sessions. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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We consider a system with the infrastructure for the creation and interconnection of large numbers of distributed persistent objects. This system is exemplified by the Internet: potentially, every appliance and document on the Internet has both persistent state and the ability to interact with large numbers of other appliances and documents on the Internet. This paper elucidates the characteristics of such a system, and proposes the compositional requirements of its corresponding infrastructure. We explore the problems of specifying, composing, reasoning about, and implementing applications in such a system. A specific concern of our research is developing the infrastructure to support structuring distributed applications by using sequential, choice, and parallel composition, in the anarchic environment where application compositions may be unforeseeable, and interactions may be unknown prior to actually occurring. The structuring concepts discussed are relevant to a wide range of distributed applications; our implementation is illustrated with collaborative Java processes interacting over the Internet, but the methodology provided can be applied independent of specific platforms.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Additional Information:© 1996 California Institute of Technology. June 9, 1996 This research is supported in part by NSF grants CCR-912008 and CCR-9527130. This work constitutes part of the Caltech Infospheres Project. More information is available on the Web at Note that this paper is Copyright 1996 IEEE, Published in the Proceedings of the 30th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 7-10, 1997, Maui, Hawaii.
Group:Computer Science Technical Reports
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Subject Keywords:Distributed Systems, Composition, Reasoning, Java, Internet
Record Number:CaltechCSTR:1996.cs-tr-96-15
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