Chapter 17. Servers IV—beyond unicast

  • Datagrams—Multicast—Broadcast—Clients—Exercises

In this chapter

So far in this book we have encountered quite a few types of RMI server: standard unicast servers, activatable servers, RMI/IIOP servers, dual-protocol servers, and secure servers. All these servers are “unicast” servers—they use point-to-point connected streams for their communications.

This chapter describes other plausible types of RMI server, based on datagrams instead of streams. The chapter is largely motivated by the frequent beginner's question “what is unicast? and what other kinds of -cast are there?” The chapter is included for completeness. We do not know of any plans by Sun or anyone else to offer the server types described in this chapter, ...

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