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Distributed paradigms

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This free course, Distributed paradigms, looks at some of the architectural and programming paradigms used in distributed system development. You will learn about synchronous and asynchronous message passing, distributed objects technology and event-based bus architecture, before finally moving on to tuple architecture.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe some of the architectural and programming paradigms used in distributed system development
  • describe message passing and the role of protocols within a message passing paradigm
  • introduce the concept of a distributed object
  • describe how event-based architectures are used within distributed system development
  • introduce one implementation of an event-based architecture.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 16th March 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Systems (Computer)
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Distributed paradigms


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In this course I look at a number of different programming and design styles associated with distributed system development. The course first examines message passing and the role of protocols – both fixed and adaptive protocols. Two styles of message passing are also examined: synchronous and asynchronous message passing. The next part of the course introduces distributed object technology. Event-based development relies on listener objects listening to events which are propagated along a bus; the course looks at this form of implementation and details its relationship to multicasting. A commercial implementation of event-based technology is presented. The course also includes a description of the oldest paradigm: remote procedure call. The course concludes with a description of the most abstract model we have available for distributed system development: that of tuple architectures. A Java implementation known as JavaSpaces concludes the course.


Adaptive protocol, API, asynchronous message passing, distributed event. distributed object, fixed protocol, hub and spoke architecture, interface definition language, message passing, multicast bus architecture, multicasting, protocol, pull technology, push technology, remote procedure call, RPC-XML, space, synchronous message passing, tuple.

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