Documentation for Ice 3.4. The latest release is Ice 3.7. Refer to the space directory for other releases.

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This section describes in detail the server-side APIs of the Ice run time for synchronous, oneway, and datagram invocations. Communicators are the main handle to the Ice run time. They provide access to a number of run time resources and allow you to control the life cycle of a server. Object adapters provide a mapping between abstract Ice objects and concrete servants. Various implementation techniques are at your disposal to control the trade-off between performance and scalability; in particular, servant locators are a central mechanism that permits you to choose an implementation technique that matches the requirements of your application.

Ice provides both oneway and datagram invocations. These provide performance gains in situations where an application needs to provide numerous stateless updates. Batching such invocations permits you to increase performance even further.

The Ice logging mechanism is user extensible, so you can integrate Ice messages into arbitrary logging frameworks, and the Ice::Stats interface permits you to collect statistics for network bandwidth consumption.

Finally, even though Ice is location transparent, in the interest of efficiency, collocated invocations do not behave in all respects like remote invocations. You need to be aware of these differences, especially for applications that are sensitive to thread context.

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