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Chaining of Callout Servers
we want to wrap up the existing three OPES WG documents and issue a WG
last call as soon as possible!! In order to do so, we need to find
consensus on the few remaining open issues that came up during the
meeting last week!
One issue that affects all three documents is the question whether we
should allow/support chaining of OPES callout servers. Chaining of
OPES callout servers refers to a scenario in which an OPES processor
forwards a message to callout server A, and callout server A forwards
the same message for (additional) servicing to callout server B.
We had a brief discussion on this issue on the general OPES mailing
list before, in the context of OPES callout protocol requirements, and
the feeling somehow was to *not* require protocol support for callout
server chaining. However, the scenarios doc (and the architecture
doc???) still have the notion of server chaining in.
Question to the group: What's the consensus - should we explicitly
allow/support callout server chaining? If yes, what are the impacts
with respect to complexity, reliability, fault-tolerance, data
integrity, privacy, security, etc? What are the specific scenarios in
which such a mechanism would be beneficial? And would the expected
benefits outweigh the additional complexity?
Any opinions on that?