Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The design philosophy of distributed programming systems: the Mozart experience
RISE, Swedish ICT, SICS. Department of Electronics and Computer Systems.
Number of Authors: 1
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Distributed programming is usually considered both difficult and inherently different from concurrent centralized programming. It is thought that the distributed programming systems that we ultimately deploy, in the future, when we've worked out all the details, will require a very different programming model and will even need to be evaluated by new criteria. The Mozart Programming System, described in this thesis, demonstrates that this need not be the case. It is shown that, with a good system design, distributed programming can be seen as an extended form of concurrent programming. This is from the programmer's point-of-view; under the hood the design and implementation will necessarily be more complex. We relate the Mozart system with the classical transparencies of distributed systems. We show that some of these are inherently on the application level, while as Mozart demonstrates, others can and should be dealt with on the language/system level. The extensions to the programming model, given the right concurrent programming base, are mainly concerned with non-functional properties of programs. The models and tuning facilities for failure and performance need to take latency, bandwidth, and partial failure into account. Other than that there need not be any difference between concurrent programming and distributed programming. The Mozart Programming System is based on the concurrent programming language Oz, which integrates, in a coherent way, all three known concurrency or thread-interaction models. These are message-passing (like Erlang), shared objects (like Java with threads) and shared data-flow variables. The Mozart design philosophy is thus applicable over the entire range of concurrent programming languages/systems. We have extracted from the experience with Mozart a number of principles and properties that are applicable to the design and implementation of all (general-purpose) distributed programming systems. The full range of the design and implementation issues behind Mozart are presented. This includes a description of the consistency protocols that make transparency possible for the full language, including distributed objects and distributed data-flow variables. Mozart is extensively compared with other approaches to distributed programming, in general, and to other language-based distributed programming systems, in particular.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005, 2. , 347 p.
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-21096OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-21096DiVA: diva2:1041130
Note
SICS dissertation: SICS-D-37Available from: 2016-10-31 Created: 2016-10-31

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1514 kB)6 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1514 kBChecksum SHA-512
0d0d5eb4990cd4ed6cf6f19252c58b39299ea2f7585a0a106fa0c3172b61d9af5121f9e5d22a21757e615c278f544b82096e4962245cc29554637a74ea5ac307
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

http
By organisation
SICS
Computer and Information Science

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 6 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 8 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link