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A Theory of Distributed Objects

Asynchrony — Mobility — Groups — Components


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXII
  2. Review

  3. ASP Calculus

  4. Semantics and Properties

    1. Pages 87-99
    2. Pages 101-106
    3. Pages 107-120
    4. Pages 121-131
  5. A Few More Features

    1. Pages 137-142
    2. Pages 143-149
    3. Pages 151-155
    4. Pages 157-167
    5. Pages 169-179
  6. Implementation Strategies

    1. Pages 213-224
    2. Pages 225-236
    3. Pages 237-239

About this book


Distributed and communicating objects are becoming ubiquitous. In global, Grid and Peer-to-Peer computing environments, extensive use is made of objects interacting through method calls. So far, no general formalism has been proposed for the foundation of such systems.

Caromel and Henrio are the first to define a calculus for distributed objects interacting using asynchronous method calls with generalized futures, i.e., wait-by-necessity -- a must in large-scale systems, providing both high structuring and low coupling, and thus scalability. The authors provide very generic results on expressiveness and determinism, and the potential of their approach is further demonstrated by its capacity to cope with advanced issues such as mobility, groups, and components.

Researchers and graduate students will find here an extensive review of concurrent languages and calculi, with comprehensive figures and summaries.

Developers of distributed systems can adopt the many implementation strategies that are presented and analyzed in detail.

Preface by Luca Cardelli


Actors, Pi-Calculus, Sigma-Calculus Asynchronous Method Calls Asynchronous Sequential Processes (ASP) Distributed Calculi Distributed Objects Grid Computing Java P2P Computing Scala calculus distributed systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut universitaire de FranceUniversity of Nice Sophia Antipolis I3S CNRS – INRIASophia Antipolis CedexFrance
  2. 2.Harrow School of Computer ScienceUniversity of WestminsterHarrowUK

About the authors


Denis Caromel is full professor at University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNSA). He is also member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), a multi-disciplinary national academia that selects a few professors based on the excellence of their research records. His research interests include parallel, concurrent, and distributed object-oriented programming, the semantics of sequential and parallel languages for the sake of automatic and semi-automatic parallelization.

Ludovic Henrio graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He is currently a PHD candidate at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis -- CNRS -- INRIA. His research interests include semantics for concurrent, parallel and distributed calculi, static analysis, design and implementation of object-oriented languages.

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