Patent Number: 6,167,458

Title: Transport independent invocation and servant interfaces that permit both typecode interpreted and compiled marshaling

Abstract: Data structures, methods, and devices for facilitating servant invocation in a distributed client-server based object oriented operating system are disclosed. In one aspect of the invention, descriptor data structures, which contain a typecode indicator, a marshaling function identifier, and an unmarshaling function identifier, are used to enable modules of application code to be shared between different objects, thereby facilitating servant invocation by increasing the amount of commonized code in the operating system. In another aspect of the invention, a server invocation object is used in the execution of a method call. In still another aspect of the invention, a commonized code base is used to process typecode interpreted and compiled calls to a server process.

Inventors: Lim; Swee Boon (Mountain View, CA), Kessler; Peter B. (Palo Alto, CA), Brownell; David M. (Palo Alto, CA)

Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 9/46 (20060101); G06F 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017