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Development of robust object-oriented systems
2001 - 2003
Local supervisor: Majzik István
Many computer-based services in our everyday life are implemented by distributed systems. The failure of these systems, especially in the area of electronic banking, e-commerce, health-care, and process control, may lead to loss of profit or even serious property damage. Some of these systems are implemented by using object-oriented (OO) software technology. The need for dependable OO distributed systems has lead to the development of middlewares (e.g. the Fault Tolerant CORBA of the Object Management Group) and commercial components that offer robust support for applications. These middlewares provide well-defined interfaces and mechanisms to be able to deploy and manage redundant server objects in order to avoid single points of failure in the application. However, the complexity of the standards and the lack of mechanized dependability and performability analysis are obstacles to the widespread use of these middlewares. The designer needs support to construct optimal application-controlled fault tolerance strategies and to select the parameters of the fault tolerant infrastructure (e.g. the number of replica objects and redundant servers, the replication style).
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