A Distributed Environment Monitor for the ISA Architecture


ISA-DEMON - 5199

Keywords distributed systems, object-oriented environments, distributed systems architectures, visualisation tools


Start Date: 01-SEP-90 / Duration: 30 months

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Objectives and Approach

The ISA-DEMON project addressed an acute need of the growing community of researchers, developers and systems integrators who are exploiting object-oriented distributed systems architectures and platforms. This need is for instrumentation and visualisation tools that reflect and exploit the rich composition and abstraction features of these distributed platforms. Such capabilities are essential at the critical systems integration stage of the system life-cycle. They are also highly valuable as a basis for rapid prototyping, requirements structuring and evaluation of new applications and for the management of distributed applications and systems in operation. Finally, such tools may be used both for training purposes and to demonstrate the advantages of object-oriented architectures as platforms for developing distributed applications.

Progress and Results

The project addresses the needs identified above by developing a set of effective highly configurable tools for instrumentation of distributed applications. The prototype instrumentation system, Demon, developed during the Communication Systems Architecture (CSA) project (number 237) has been enhanced and ported onto the ISA testbench for exposure to the ISA user community. Through close collaboration with a selection of these users drawn from different application domains, pilot studies were carried out addressing their particular instrumentation needs. The results of the pilot studies are used to refine the generic Demon infrastructure and to develop meta-tools to ease its configuration in specific environments and use within a range of application domains.


CONTACT POINT

Mrs Lil Bianchi
MARI APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD
Old Town Hall
UK - TYNE-AND-WEAR NE8 4HE
tel: + 44/ 91-4901515
fax: + 44/ 91-4900013
telex: 537038

Participants

MARI APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UK - C
ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS
MANAGEMENT LTD - UK - P
TÉLÉSYSTEMES - F - P
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO - P - P
CORREIOS E TELECOMUNICACOE
DE PORTUGAL - P - A
PLURICOM, ESTUDOS E PROJECTOS
EM SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO LDA - P - A


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ISA-DEMON - 5199, December 1993


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