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A Review of Arjuna

Edwards, Nigel J.

HPL-90-170

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Abstract: This paper reviews the Arjuna toolkit for constructing reliable distributed object oriented systems. It describes the principal mechanisms provided by Arjuna and explains how these can be made available to the programmer in an extremely flexible way. The architecture of programs written using Arjuna and the architecture of the toolkit itself are described. I report on my experiences of using Arjuna: the underlying concepts are easy to grasp and appear to be sound. Some suggestions are made for making Arjuna easier to use. The paper also discusses the possibility of porting Arjuna. This would be easier if there were a clean separation between the RPC mechanism and transactions. Finally it examines possible areas of research for us.

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