Loosely-Coupled Processes (Preliminary Version)

  • Jayadev Misra
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 506)


A system of processes in which the interactions are solely through messages is often called loosely-coupled. Such systems are attractive from a programming viewpoint. They are designed by decomposing a specification into its separable concerns, each of which could then be implemented by a process; the operation of the system can be understood by asserting properties of the message sequences transmitted among the component processes. A key attribute of loosely-coupled systems is a guarantee that a message that has been sent cannot be unsent. As a consequence, a process can commence its computation upon receiving a message, with the guarantee that no future message it receives will require it to undo its previous computations.


Shared Variable Local Store Component Process Mutual Exclusion Safety Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jayadev Misra
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  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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