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P2P-RMI: Transparent Distribution of Remote Java Objects

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Executive Summary

Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI) is a built-in and easy-to-use framework for the distribution of remote Java objects. Its simplicity and seamless inter-virtual machine communication has made it a valuable tool for distributed services. It nevertheless exhibits certain constraints that practically limit RMI applications to the classical client/server distribution model, and make highly distributed and highly dynamic systems very difficult to build atop RMI. The authors present an approach that makes Java RMI usable for P2P and similar distribution models.

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