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Alphorn: A Remote Procedure Call Environment for Fault-Tolerant, Heterogeneous, Distributed Systems
September/October 1991 (vol. 11 no. 5)
pp. 16-19, 60-67

Alphorn, a software environment for programming distributed computer systems, is described. Programs running on different computers, possibly of different types and running different operating systems, communicate in a client-server relationship by means of remote procedure calls. This efficient construct structures programs neatly. The paper covers distributed process control, Alphorn's object-based programming style, remote procedure calls, the service interface language, configuration, runtime and debugging, and fault tolerance support.

Citation:
Hans-Ruedi Aschmann, Niklaus Giger, Elisabeth Hoepli, Peter Janak, Hubert Kirrmann, "Alphorn: A Remote Procedure Call Environment for Fault-Tolerant, Heterogeneous, Distributed Systems," IEEE Micro, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 16-19, 60-67, Sept.-Oct. 1991, doi:10.1109/40.108546
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