[R] R as a server in client server computing

Duncan Temple Lang duncan at research.bell-labs.com
Tue Jun 27 21:02:51 CEST 2000

> Sender: pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca
> Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 12:15:41 -0400
> From: Paul Gilbert <pgilbert at bank-banque-canada.ca>
> CC: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> References: <200006271437.KAA28778 at jessie.research.bell-labs.com>
> I would like to leverage some other tools from CORBA but I'm not sure if they
> are available. Does anyone know if CORBA can provide authentication and
> encryption, and what the implications are for trying to run it through a
> firewall? (The RPC approach is not very good for these things.)
> Paul Gilbert

CORBA does specify a security service.  This is a specification and
one has to find an implementation of it. There are not as may freely
available versions of this service as some of the other more common
services (e.g. Properties, Trading). But there are commercial
implementations, I believe.

As for encryption, there is now a free version of an IIOP connection
run over an SSL encrypted channel (http://mail.ooc.nf.ca/fssl/) which
works with Orbacus, the `primary' ORB used to test the R, S and
Omegahat dynamic CORBA facilities.

So, basically, the design and infrastructure is there and part of the
bigger and standardized picture.



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