JDM : building distributed synchronization support into Java

Jiannong Cao, N.K.C. Cheung, A. Chan

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The monitor concept has been widely used in a concurrent programming environment for implicitly ensuring mutual exclusion and explicitly achieving process synchronization. It has also been extended to support high-level distributed programming. In this paper, we present JDM, a distributed monitor construct in Java for programming large-scale distributed systems. The distributed monitor construct is based on a well-know tree-based distributed mutual exclusion algorithm proposed by K. Raymond. To increase scalability of the construct, a two-level system architecture is developed, where the node level controls the access to the system-wide shared resources using Raymond's algorithm and the process level synchronizes local processes based on the local monitor concept. An object-oriented design of the system architecture is presented. Implementation and results of performance evaluation are reported and factors that influence the performance of the construct are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-282
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Interconnection Networks
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Distributed monitor
  • Distributed mutual exclusion
  • Synchronization
  • Java monitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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