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Flick IDL Compiler

Flick, our new IDL (interface definition language) compiler, is the research and production IDL compiler within the Flux Project. Flick uses techniques from traditional language compilers in order to produce very fast client/server communication code. Flick-generated code can typically encode and decode data between 2 and 17 times faster than code produced by traditional IDL compilers, both commercial and free. The result is that on stock hardware and operating systems, Flick-generated stubs can increase end-to-end application throughput by factors of 4 or more.

Flick is not just optimizing: it is also extremely flexible. Flick currently supports the CORBA, ONC RPC (Sun RPC), and MIG IDLs. Interfaces written in any of these languages can be implemented by CORBA-, ONC RPC-, or MIG-style C language ``stubs'' communicating via CORBA IIOP, ONC/TCP, Mach 3 ports, Trapeze, or Fluke IPC. Moreover, because Flick is a ``kit'' of components, it can be extended to support new IDLs, message data formats, and transport mechanisms.

Current Version:   1.1

License Type:   GPL

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

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