BROADCAST

Basic Research On Advanced Distributed Computing:
from Algorithms to SysTems

ESPRIT Basic Research Project 6360
1 September 1992 - 31 August 1995


BROADCAST : developing the principles to understand, design and implement large scale distributed computing systems (LSDCS).
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Project Summary

BROADCAST : developing the principles to understand, design and implement large scale distributed computing systems (LSDCS).

The project addresses the following tasks:

A: Fundamental concepts.
Evaluate and design computational paradigms (such as ordering, causality, consensus); structuring models (groups and fragmented objects) and fundamental algorithms, especially for consistency.
B: Systems Architecture.
Develop the architecture of LSDCS, taking into account future application requirements and anticipated technological developments. The areas covered include naming, identifying, binding and locating objects in LSDCS; resource management (e.g. garbage collection); communication and group management. Scalable solutions to these problems are investigated that take into account recent technological developments (WWW access, 64-bit spaces).
C: Systems Engineering.
Develop techniques and mechanisms to efficiently support the key elements of the architecture by exploiting the concepts and algorithms from Task A. Develop programming support tools for building, observing and debugging distributed fault-tolerant applications. Apply the tools in application areas such as collaborative editing.

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