Towards a Basic Reference Model of Open Distributed Processing

R. Gotzhein

Computer Networks and ISDN Systems (North-Holland), Special Issue ISO Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing, No. 27, 1995, pp. 1287-1304


The Basic Reference Model of ODP introduces a number of basic concepts in order to provide a common basis for the development of a coherent set of standards. To achieve this objective, a clear understanding of the basic concepts is one prerequisite. This paper makes an effort at clarifying some of the basic concepts independently of standardized or non-standardized formal description techniques. Among the basic concepts considered here are: agent, action, interaction, interaction point, architecture, behaviour, system, composition, refinement, and abstraction. In a case study, it is then shown how these basic concepts can be represented in a formal specification written in temporal logic.


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