Fair exchange protocols play an important role in application areas such as e-commerce where protocol participants require mutual guarantees that a transaction involving exchange of items has taken place in a specific manner. A protocol is fair if no protocol participant can gain any advantage over an honest participant by misbehaving. In addition, such a… (More)
Converting a conventional contract into an electronic equivalent that can be executed and enforced by computers is a challenging task. The difficulties are caused by the ambiguities that the original human-oriented text is likely to contain. The conversion process involves the conversion of the original text into mathematical notation. This paper discusses… (More)
SUMMARY An examination of the structure of fault-tolerant systems incorporating backward error recovery indicates a partitioning into two broad classes. Two canonical models, each representing a particular class of systems, have been constructed. The first model incorporates objects and actions as the entities for program construction whereas the second… (More)
Organisations increasingly use the Internet to offer their own services and to utilise the services of others. This naturally leads to information sharing across organisational boundaries. However, despite the requirement to share information , the autonomy and privacy requirements of organisations must not be compromised. This demands the strict policing… (More)
Arjuna is a fault tolerant distributed system supporting nested atomic actions (nested atomic transactions) that are used for controlling operations on objects (instances of C++ classes). Objects are long lived entities (persistent) and are the main repositories for holding system state; they are also the units of replication for increasing availability.… (More)
Web services and service oriented architectures are becoming the de facto standard for Internet computing. A main problem faced by users of such services is how to ensure that the service code is trusted. While methods that guarantee trusted service code execution before starting a client-service transaction exist, there is no solution for extending this… (More)
The Web frequently suffers from failures which can affect both the performance and consistency of applications running over it. For resources such as documents, failures may simply be annoying to users; for commercial services, they can result in loss of revenue and credibility. Atomic transactions are a well-known technique for guaranteeing application… (More)
The paper presents the design of a software infrastructure that can support negotiation and competition among buyers and sellers of goods (auctioning) over the Internet. The goals of data integrity, responsiveness, and scalability have been achieved by replicating the auction service across a number of auction servers.