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Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies, The by GERARD O'DRISCOLL

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UNDER THE JINI HOOD

Jini software can run on anything with a digital heartbeat—cellular phones, digital cameras, PDAs, alarms, televisions, and even smart cards. As illustrated in Figure 14.1, Jini software is an infrastructure that runs on top of a Java platform to create a federation of virtual machines. Each virtual machine sits on top of an OS that sits on top of the network. It is based on a simple model that devices with microchips should connect and work together in communities. The formation of these communities requires:

Figure 14.1. Jini software architecture

  • No device drivers

  • No operating systems

  • No new cabling systems

  • No human intervention ...

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