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Cohorte Components


A COHORTE application is composed of a set of components requiring and providing services. These components can be located in one node or dispatched between a set of nodes.

In a classical component-based frameworks, components are instantiated statically at a predefined locations. They are also configured to communicate together before starting the application. This leads to a situation in which a lot of configuration files should be managed or to recompile the components if the communication aspects are hard coded.

In contrast, COHORTE Components are instantiated, configured and placed in the right node automatically. There is no need to implement the distribution related aspects like serialization or client/server interaction. Components are seen as black-boxes wired by declared (remote) services.

Service Oriented Component Models (SOCM)

To implement COHORTE managed components, COHORTE supports two main, already existing component-based frameworks :

  • Apache Felix iPOJO (Java)
  • Pelix/iPOPO (Python)

If you are already familiar with one of the two frameworks, all whats you have to do in order to get your components managed by COHORTE is to not instantiate them (using @Instantiate annotation or its XML equivalent). COHORTE will instantiate them automatically. To have benefits of Remote Services feature, your services should use primitive types instead of complex user-specific types. Next, you need to write a small description of your application components using the format explained hereafter.


Remote Services

What is?


Multi-platform discovery and transport framework

Supported protocols :


Supported SOCMs

In this section, we will provide a brief introduction to the supported Service Oriented Components Models in COHORTE.

OSGi / Apache Felix iPOJO


Apache Felix iPOJO (Java)
public class Aggregator implements ITemperature {
  @Requires List<ISensor> sensors;
  @Requires IStore store;

  @Validate public void start( ) {
  /* Do something to regulate 
  temperature depending on room's 
  internal temperature. */

Pelix / iPOPO


Pelix iPOPO (Python)
@Requires("sensors", "java:/ISensor", aggregate=True)
@Requires("store", "java:/IStore")
class Aggregator(object):
  def __init__(self):
    self.sensors = []
    self.store = None

  def start(self): 
    Do something useful to regulate 
    temperature depending on room's
    internal temperature.

Interoperability between Java and Python implementation?

  • We should add java:/ prefix to required services in Python.

C# support

Partial support using IronPython.

Other legacy code

Wrapping in iPOPO (Python) or iPOJO (Java) components