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<p>This paper presents Visper, a novel object-oriented framework that identifies and enhances common services and programming primitives, and implements a generic set of classes applicable to multiple programming models in a distributed environment. Groups of objects, which can be programmed in a uniform and transparent manner, and agent-based distributed system management, are also featured in Visper. A prototype system is designed and implemented in Java, with a number of visual utilities that facilitate program development and portability. As a use case, Visper integrates parallel programming in an MPI-like message-passing paradigm at a high level with services such as checkpointing and fault tolerance at a lower level. The paper reports a range of performance evaluation on the prototype and compares it to related works.</p>
distributed parallel programming, visual programming, message-passing, object-oriented model, fault tolerance

N. Stankovic and K. Zhang, "A Distributed Parallel Programming Framework," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 28, no. , pp. 478-493, 2002.
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