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RE: Decentralized RDF Distribution

From: Bill de hOra <bill@dehora.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 19:10:03 -0000
To: "Seth Russell" <seth@robustai.net>
Cc: "RDF Interest" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <DCEBKOHMHCKKIAAPKLLMKENCCBAA.bill@dehora.fsnet.co.uk>


: Seth Russell:
:
: Well you've certainly said a mouthful here and unfortunately i only
: understood about 5% of it.

If you want to point out the 95% I'll be happy to clarify.


: But let me ask about your basic assumptions:  Do you
: assume that you will
: be able to query the entire semantic cloud and ever get a relevant
: answer back?

With the right assumptions Seth, I can expect anything. That doesn't make it so.
But if you're asking me can I expect an answer to a query in reasonable time
then probably not, unless the request got lucky. But I didn't just envisage
queries as one-shot requests, I wanted to be able to place them in a tuple space
and persist, similar to the way a production rule or event listener would work.
A tuple space isn't really best thought of as a data store: it's more of a data
structure that doesn't draw a hard line between data and behaviour.


: Because if that is your assumption, and if you use the apparently
: traditional data
: processing approach you have scoped, may I extend my sympathies to
: your programmers in advance.

You've lost me here.


: In my opinion, if that is our objective, we will need an almost
: biological approach ... perhaps like the one I have scoped with SCM.
:
: :SCM :acronymOf "Sticky Cyber Molecules"; seeUrl
: <http://robustai.net/MyNetwork/StickeyCyberMolecules.html>.

You'd probably be interested in what Bill Joy has to say about composing the
equivalent of multi-cellular life for
distributed systems, essentially that data isn't sufficient (very much a snipe
at XML and SOAP, but he has a point):
<http://www.openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2001/02/13/joy.html>

Bill de hOra
Received on Monday, 19 February 2001 14:10:17 GMT

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