From: Randy Volters <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: re-post: NCR Cooperative Frameworks (new phone no.)
November 19, 1993
NCR ANNOUNCES BETA AVAILABILITY OF 'Cooperative Frameworks' -- a Distributed Object Foundation
Product Background - NCR Cooperative Frameworks(TM) were first released for sale in 10/1991 as "the frameworks" part of the NCR COOPERATION(TM) product, and are based on NCR's submission to OMG. Cooperative Frameworks release 3.0 makes the product available apart from COOPERATION.
Product Description - Cooperative Frameworks is a distributed object foundation for building computing applications and services on networks of heterogeneous computers.
Cooperative Frameworks consists of an integrated suite of C++ class libraries that:
- defines and implements a comprehensive enterprise architecture and methodology for creating distributed implementations of C++ classes over networks
- allows customers to build and use object services over a network
- supports TCP/IP, NetBIOS, Lan Manager NetBEUI and OSI protocols, X.25
NCR Cooperative Frameworks currently has two portable ORB toolkits (others are planned for future release) -- (1) C++ ORB toolkit consisting of over 300 C++ classes and runtime libraries
(2) CORBA 1.1 toolkit Both are for:
- wrapping existing databases and legacy applications for improved availability and maintainability on systems of heterogeneous computers, operating systems and networks
- building next-generation, object-oriented, distributed computing applications for networks of heterogeneous computers, operating systems and network operating systems
Cooperative Frameworks come with predefined object services for implementing distributed systems:
- Naming - network implementation of X.500 directory provides object naming service
- Logging - provides local and server based error logging
- Fine-grain Data Management - class libraries are designed around fine grained objects, developers can build distributed objects as large or as small as needed
- Persistence - the same object stream model for communication between internal ORB functions is used to support object persistence. Persistent objects can be files, relational or object databases
- Dynamic Service Location - provides a mechanism for registering services and entities in a distributed system and invoking targeted services based on service characteristics -- rather than names
- Dynamic Service Activation - provides a mechanism for object activation when method invocations are required, and deactivation when not needed
- Event Service (Release 3.1) - Implements an OMG/JOSS compliant event service
- Network Configuration Tools - simplifies creation of directory entries required for cross domain operation in a multiple domain heterogeneous network.
NCR Cooperative Frameworks run on multiple UNIX platforms, including HP-UX, Sun Solaris, NCR 3000 UNIX and NCR StarServer UNIX SVR4; and on MS Windows 3.1. Cooperative Frameworks has been demonstrated on Novell NetWare v3.11, and was originally developed on MS OS/2 v1.x. Development environments supported include CFRONT and C++ Workbench from NCR, HP Softbench Sun SPARCworks and Borland IDE.
Implementation - implementation is for client/server system architectures as a set of DLL and shared libraries
Languages used for IDL mapping - IDL bindings for C, (or object services can be implemented directly in C++)
Release date - Release 3.0 is available now to early developers with general availability set for December, 1993; Release 3.1 will be available to early developers 1Q 1994 with general availability set for 2Q 1994
Product interoperability - Full interoperability between NCR Cooperative Framework implementations on supported platforms is available now; interoperability with selected CORBA 1.1 ORBs and CORBA 2.0 ORBs is planned
Company Name - NCR Corporation (An AT&T Company)
Address -- Software Products Division-Columbia 3245 Platt Springs Road West Columbia SC 29170
Phone (803) 939-7500 FAX (803) 939-7745 Contact Name Randy Volters, Sr. Product Manager Cooperative Frameworks Email: Randy.Volters@ColumbiaSC.NCR.COM Ext. 7774
Company Description - NCR, AT&T's computer business, brings computing and communications solutions together to provide people easy access to information and to each other -- anytime, anywhere.
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