Fabric: A Platform for Secure Distributed Computation and Storage
Jed Liu, Michael D. George, K. Vikram,
Xin Qi, Lucas Waye, and Andrew C. Myers.
Cornell University

Proceedings of the ACM 2009 Symposium on
Operating Systems Principles and Implementation (SOSP 2009), pages 321–334,
October 11–14, 2009 (Big Sky, Montana)


Fabric is a new system and language for building secure distributed information systems. It is a decentralized system that allows heterogeneous network nodes to securely share both information and computation resources despite mutual distrust. Its high-level programming language makes distribution and persistence largely transparent to programmers. Fabric supports data-shipping and function-shipping styles of computation: both computation and information can move between nodes, to meet security requirements or to improve performance. Fabric provides a rich, Java-like object model, but data resources are labeled with confidentiality and integrity policies that are enforced through a combination of compile-time and run-time mechanisms. Optimistic, nested transactions ensure consistency across all objects and nodes. A peer-to-peer dissemination layer helps to increase availability and to balance load. Results from applications built using Fabric suggest that Fabric has a clean, concise programming model, offers good performance, and enforces security.

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