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The Deferred Import Operation: Linking the Managers of a Client and a Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013465D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

1. INTRODUCTION Both virtual enterprises and virtual market places require the ability to link matching clients and services to allow them to interact with each other. Thus, service providers advertise their services in some offer space (such as an electronic equivalent of Yellow pages, for example), and clients conduct a search through such a space, usually with the help of some match-making facility (such as the CORBA Trading service OMG 96 ], for example). The service advertisement or offer contains a description of the promises the service makes to and the requirements it has of a prospective client. Similarly, a service search initiated by a client contains the requirements it has of and the promises it makes to, a prospective service. Typically, the advertisement of the service is done so that a client searching for such a service, is given sufficient information to bind (link) to and use the matching service. 2. THE PROBLEM