Support for Distributed CSCW Applications
François J. N. Cosquer, Paulo Veríssimo, Sacha Krakowiak and Loïc
Recent Advances In Distributed Systems, S. Krakowiak and S.K. Shrivastava
(editors), Chapter 13, Part III- Applications Support, Springer-Verlag, LNCS vol.
chapter reports on the advances made in the field of distributed
technology for the computational support of CSCW applications. We provide
insight into CSCW application development and runtime support with emphasis on
distributed synchronized applications (i.e. same time, different place). We
discuss our experience through the presentation of concrete examples. After an
introductory survey which gives the reader an overview of existing CSCW
applications and tools, we present the overall software system architecture,
concerned with the software layers involved in the support for CSCW applications
in today's distributed systems. Two CSCW support platforms are described
including both architecture and implementation considerations. The presentation
is followed by a section on real-life CSCW applications scenarios based on such
dedicated support platforms.