Future Directions of ACE+TAO
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we have hired full-time staff members and graduate
students to maintain, extend, and enhance ACE and TAO. In addition,
ACE and TAO are supported
Our future directions for ACE+TAO are summarized below:
If you are interested in getting involved with ACE+TAO or can help sponsor work related to ACE+TAO, please
contact Douglas C. Schmidt <email@example.com>.
- Increased robustness -- ACE+TAO have become very
stable, particularly on platforms that are supported commercially by
Riverace and OCI. Our automated continuous
build process is a cornerstone of ensuring that the quality of
ACE+TAO continue to improve.
We are also enhancing TAO to support the forthcoming CORBA Fault
Tolerance specification, which defines policies and mechanisms to
ensure that client applications are largely insulated from management
of redundant copies, failure masking, and recovery. We are working
with partners at OCI and CMU to integrate TAO's ORB-level
fault-tolerance features with higher-level services.
- New features -- We are continually adding new features to ACE+TAO. In addition
to the fault tolerance features outlined above, over the next year, we
will complete our support for Lightweight
CORBA Component Model (CCM) capabilities in the Component-Integrate ACE
ORB (CIAO) that pertain to distributed real-time and embedded
systems. We will also be adding support for the OMG's new Deployment and
Configuration specification to our Component Synthesis via
Model Integrated Computing (CoSMIC) toolsuite.
- ACE+TAO subsetting -- We are currently subsetting ACE+TAO to
make them more flexible, faster to compile, and to reduce their
footprint for embedded systems. The results of our subsetting efforts
are available online.
- Additional optimizations -- We are continually
applying optimizations to reduce
unnecessary time and space overhead of ACE+TAO.
- New platforms -- We plan to support more OS platforms in the future,
particularly those related to real-time and embedded systems.
- Improved documentation -- We continue to improve
the online documentation for ACE
and TAO. Fortunately, OCI is now offering a
- Better integration -- We are enhancing our support
for portable CORBA programming with ACE+TAO.
In particular, we are factoring out various utility components from TAO and making them available in ACE so they can
be used by other ORBs, as well.
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Last modified 11:34:13 CDT 28 September 2006