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A logic programming infrastructure for remote execution, mobile code and agents

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3 Author(s)
Tarau, P. ; Moncton Univ., NB, Canada ; Dahl, V. ; De Bosschere, K.

We describe a set of programming patterns used for implementing a scalable infrastructure which supports remote execution mechanisms, mobile code and agents in a distributed logic programming framework. The particular focus of this paper is on the use of BinProlog's strong metaprogramming abilities. Some advanced logic programming constructs as intuitionistic implication, high-order call/N cooperate with encapsulated socket-level constructs for maximum configurability and efficiency. We show that strong metaprogramming is not a security threat if used through a set of filtering interactors which allow source level implementation of arbitrary security policies. Mobile code is implemented in a scalable way through a set of distributed client+server pairs interconnected through a master server acting only as an address exchange broker for peer-to-peer interactors. We have thoroughly tested our programming patterns and design principles through a realistic implementation in a widely used, freely available Prolog system ( as well as with its Java peers built on top of our unification enhanced Java based Linda implementation (

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Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 1997. Proceedings., Sixth IEEE Workshops on

Date of Conference:

18-20 Jun 1997

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