Programming Distributed Systems

Henri E. Bal

Silicon Press (1990) ISBN 0-929306-05-8

Prentice Hall International (1991) ISBN 0-13-722083-9

This book is concerned with how multiple computers can co-operate in executing single jobs. In particular the book discusses how the turnaround time of a job can be reduced by running different pieces of a job in parallel on multiple machines.

The author surveys languages for programming distributed systems and introduces a new model (the shared data-object model) and programming language (Orca).

Features include:

This is an excellent book for those interested in programming distributed systems.

For more information, see the Preface and the Table of Contents.


Henri Bal is currently a lecturer in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. His other publications include a book on Programming Language Essentials


Programming Distributed Systems / Henri E. Bal / bal@cs.vu.nl