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A Taxonomy and Evaluation of Architectures for Real-Time Groupware Systems

Hyland, Patrick



Abstract: This abstract gives a taxonomy of architectures for real-time groupware systems (RTGSs) and describes the advantages and disadvantages of each class of architecture. It begins by giving a set of evaluation criteria for RTGSs. A generic model of single-user interactive applications is presented. This model is systematically modified to produce a range of different architectures for RTGSs. A table that assesses each of the architectures according to each of the evaluation criteria is drawn up. Finally, the results of the evaluation are used to justify some recommendations for appropriate uses of the different architectures.

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