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‘D-Mash’ – A Concurrent Distributed Booking System

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International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2016
Authors:
Shadrack M. Ngumbau, Andrew M. Kahonge
10.5120/ijca2016909243

Shadrack M Ngumbau and Andrew M Kahonge. Article: ‘D-Mash’ – A Concurrent Distributed Booking System. International Journal of Computer Applications 139(8):28-33, April 2016. Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA. BibTeX

@article{key:article,
	author = {Shadrack M. Ngumbau and Andrew M. Kahonge},
	title = {Article: ‘D-Mash’ – A Concurrent Distributed Booking System},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2016},
	volume = {139},
	number = {8},
	pages = {28-33},
	month = {April},
	note = {Published by Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA}
}

Abstract

Today’s world represents a community that values and appreciates unity and collaboration amidst distribution and diversity as key tenets to its development. A lot of work has been done on these by trying to guarantee proper communication amongst its distributed entities through the use of technology. However, challenges coming with the technology have been met one of them being to maintain concurrency in a distributed environment. In order to counter this concurrency challenge, a concurrent distributed system prototype implemented in a distributed environment to solve a real-world bus seat booking problem besides helping in assessing the impact of automated distribution and concurrency on Service Quality, is presented. In order to achieve this, the action research design was employed where the prototype was introduced and used in 1 Bus Company in a sample of 18 reputable companies after which 5 officers in a sample of 8 were interviewed. From the data collection and analysis done before and after introducing the prototype, it was found out that the probability of double-booking a seat in a distributed environment was reduced to 0 hence achieving concurrency which improved the service quality.

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Keywords

Distributed Systems, Action Research, Web Services, Concurrency Control, Middleware, Synchronization