Architecture Journal #17 - Article on Distributed Embedded Systems

I’ve been working on Distributed Embedded Systems and related communications technology recently so for the “Distributed Computing”, Issue #17, of the Microsoft Architecture Journal I wrote a paper on the subject. My Aim was to open up – ‘expose’ – this very exciting field to the “traditional” distributed systems community. As the industry moves from…

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JAOO 2008 Presentation

In a previous post I listed all the Microsoft folks presenting at JAOO 2008. Well that event has successfully come and gone this week and I’m pleased to share my presentation with the community. My talk went pretty well and I achieved my objective to explain the relevance of Distributed Embedded Systems to traditional distributed…

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Gorgeous Fractals with VPL and Distributed DSS Services

I think Angel is fast becoming one of VPL’s biggest fans. After discussing some ideas with him about simple Map-Reduce scenarios for his agent toolkit and a grid system that I’m building, he went ahead and did it. Check out his distributed Mandelbrot fractal generator. Gorgeous results. A bit over-engineered as a fractal calculator, but…

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Using the Visual Programming Language (VPL) as a Deployment Tool

When building applications using CCR, DSS and VPL one doesn’t need to know a priori the precise order of data and message flows between services. Many of the VPL examples provided with the MRDS show services already ‘wired’ up which can give the impression that one needs to know this information and design one’s set…

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CCR/DSS Use Cases in the Enterprise

I’m often asked what Enterprise customers are using CCR/DSS in serious, i.e. pretty significant, production deployments. I’m not at liberty to disclose the names of our customers without their permission – a few will be made public soon – but I can say there are quite a lot of application domains where this technology is…

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Fun with Microsoft Robotics Studio

Not bad for a Saturday project down in sunny Buenos Aires! My friend and professional geek Angel “Java” Lopez has recently rekindled his love of distributed computing (and Agents) through MRDS and specifically CCR/DSS. We’re going to have a lot more fun with this stuff in the coming weeks. In the mean time check out…

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Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 CTP April Available

The high level set of changes is listed below. For me #2 and #3 are golden, but be sure to drill down to find out the details… like async streaming support! Improved security model with support for Message Level Authorization using Role-based access control allowing to fine-grained control of who can access services and how….

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Distributed Computing Gets Spruced-Up with CCR/DSS!

The reality of distributed systems development today is the complexity that eventually if not immediately bogs it down. Instead of being fun, exciting and easy to develop, distributed systems are often hard and unwieldy to design and work with. We continue to face the same old issues time and again yet never appear to come…

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