Defining the Solution

The new system will use a centralized server that hosts a database of shared information. Clients will retrieve information from the database using a set of dedicated XML Web service methods that wrap all the required functionality.

To ensure optimum performance, the XML Web service should be devoted solely to performing database operations and returning information. A separate server-side component can run continuously (unless stopped by an administrator), performing the actual rendering operation. Figure 18-1 shows a high-level diagram of the system.

The SuperCompute system architecture

Figure 18-1. The SuperCompute system architecture

One detail Figure 18-1 doesn’t ...

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