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Operating Systems: Concurrent and Distributed Software Design by Tim Harris, Jean Bacon

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16.8. RPC–language integration

The previous section has described an RPC protocol in some detail. The advantage of an RPC system is that, when integrated into a conventional programming langauage that uses procedure calls, the system developer can use the familiar procedural mechanisms to program in a distributed setting. In other words, the system developer does not need to know the details of how the remote call is made since it is carried out automatically by the underlying implementation. We now discuss the issues involved in integrating an RPC service with a programming language.

16.8.1. Distribution transparency

A design issue is the extent to which the fact that some procedures are remote is made transparent to the application. One approach ...

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