Sender-initiated and receiver-initiated coordination in a global object space

  • Stijn Bijnens
  • Wouter Joosen
  • Pierre Verbaeten
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 924)


This paper features a case study of a complex parallel application (in the area of Molecular Dynamics Simulation) modelled in a concurrent object-oriented language. In this computational model, application objects can exhibit some autonomous behaviour and reside in a global object space. At runtime, this object space can physically be mapped onto a distributed memory machine.

The case study indicates the pitfalls of pure name-based object interaction. We show that due to the dynamic nature of the interaction schemes between the application objects, coordination primitives are necessary to achieve expressive lucidity within a programming language. As a result, two kinds of semantics exist for coordination in the object space:
  1. 1.

    Sender-initiated coordination by means of pattern-based group communication.

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    Receiver-initiated coordination by means of multi-object synchronisation constraints.


A language framework is proposed that enables a programmer to express both kinds of coordination, and a concise implementation based on a meta-level architecture is presented.


Reference Object Active Object Region Object Autonomous Operation Application Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stijn Bijnens
    • 1
  • Wouter Joosen
    • 1
  • Pierre Verbaeten
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceKULeuvenBelgium

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