A Theory of Distributed Objects

Asynchrony — Mobility — Groups — Components

  • Denis Caromel
  • Ludovic Henrio

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
    4. Pages 241-242
  7. Final Words

    1. Pages 253-259
    2. Pages 261-266
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 267-346

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

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-20866-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-27245-8
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