System Maintenance:
There may be intermittent impact on performance while updates are in progress. We apologize for the inconvenience.
By Topic

The Unstoppable Orchestra: a responsive distributed application

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

3 Author(s)
Werner, M. ; Inst. fur Inf., Humboldt-Univ., Berlin, Germany ; Polze, A. ; Malek, M.

Responsiveness, the ability to provide real-time behavior even in the presence of faults, is becoming one of the most sought after properties in distributed computing systems. We present a framework for "high-performance responsive computing" in networked systems whose current implementation works on a network of five NeXTSTEP (Mach 2.5)-based HP workstations. "The Unstoppable Orchestra" is a demonstration program which runs in our environment. This application simulates a real orchestra consisting of musicians playing different instrumental parts of a classical masterpiece. However instead of real musicians our orchestra consists of computers equipped with speakers. In contrast to the real orchestra, where a sudden disappearance of, for example, a flautist can hardly be hidden, in our orchestra one "musician" can take over his neighbour's part, ensuring uninterrupted performance. We discuss the design issues behind the "Unstoppable Orchestra" and show how our programming framework supports synchronization and reconfiguration of responsive applications.

Published in:

Configurable Distributed Systems, 1996. Proceedings., Third International Conference on

Date of Conference:

1996