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Chapter 9. Remote Methods

Remote procedure calls—one of the building blocks of any client/server architecture—were first defined in 1976 ("A high-level framework for network-based resource sharing" by J. E. White, in Proc. National Computer Conference, June 1976) and made popular by "Implementing Remote Procedure Calls" by A. Birrel and B. Nelson in 1984 (ACM Transactions in Computer Systems, vol. 2, no. 1, February 1984).

A remote procedure call (RPC) occurs when code on one computer invokes a function (procedure) on another computer. Object-oriented systems provide a similar feature referred to as remote method invocation (RMI) because the methods of remote objects are invoked instead of functions.


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