Aliasing Models for Mobile Objects

Uwe Nestmann
Hans Hüttel
Josva Kleist
Massimo Merro

December 1999


In Obliq, a lexically scoped, distributed, object-oriented programming language, object migration was suggested as the creation of a copy of an object's state at the target site, followed by turning the object itself into an alias, also called surrogate, for the remote copy. We consider the creation of object surrogates as an abstraction of the above-mentioned style of migration. We introduce Ĝjeblik, a typed distribution-free subset of Obliq, and provide four different configuration-style semantics, which only differ in the respective aliasing model. We show that two of the semantics, one of which matches Obliq's implementation, render migration unsafe, while our new proposal allows for safe migration at least for a large class of program contexts. In addition, we propose a type system that allows a programmer to statically guarantee that programs belong to that class. Our work suggests a straightforward repair of Obliq's aliasing model

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