Peter Furniss Consultants
This is a slightly editted version of what was the top-page of the website
while I was "Peter Furniss Consultants". I now work for Choreology Ltd.
Peter Furniss has been an independent consultant in computer
communications since 1992. His main areas of expertise are middleware and
Transaction Processing protocols and interfaces, especially interoperation
between different standard or semi-standard protocols. He has been involved
in standardisation activity in several forums and at the same time has
been implementing some of the same standards.
Some current and recent activities:
And a little longer ago
OSI Maintenance - Peter is rapporteur, on behalf of BSI, for the
"mature" OSI standards - those which are still in some use but not under
further development, and whose maintenance has been assigned to BSI. The
maintenance is centred on the OSI maintenance
website, and anyone with any level of knowledge is welcome to take
part in the reporting and solving of defects in these standards via email.
ACTranS project -
PFC was sub-contractor in this to project partners INRIA and Technical-University
Hamburg-Harburg. The project developed a transaction "toolkit" that supported
interoperation between various transaction systems and protocols.
MTS-OTS transaction bridge - (part
of the ACTranS project with TUHH) - the design and implementation of a
transactional bridge between Microsoft Transaction Service and the OMG
CORBA Object Transaction Service. We are looking for partners to investigate
extending the prototype to use in a real application (e-commerce especially).
OSI Transaction Processing - Peter was last rapporteur for the Transaction
Processing group, in SC21 and SC33 until the group closed (along with SC33)
in July 1998. He was also editor for some of OSI TP commit-optimisation
amendments, which were published at the end of 1998 as the third editions
of ISO/IEC 9804, 9805-1 and 10026-3. The features of the third edition, including
dynamic commit, are described in a paper written by several of the participants and
published in SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review
Open Distributed Processing - Peter is editor of the ODP document
"Protocol support for computational interactions" ( now FCD ISO/IEC 14752)
as part of the work of the Open Distributed Processing group in SC21 WG7.
"PSCI" defines a mapping from the ODP concepts to real protocols, with
an annex on the detailed mapping to CORBA GIOP/IIOP.
And quite a lot longer ago
Report on IETF RFCs - Peter co-authored a report for EWOS
entitled "The Role of Internet RFCs in GII Standardization". It is still
available on the
EWOS website, even though EWOS itself is not!
Minimal OSI - Peter was co-inventor ( with Jim Quigley of Hewlett-Packard)
of the "minimal OSI" concept. Among other things in the mOSI activity,
Peter authored IETF RFC 1698 and implemented a prototype of the minimal
Peter is a member of the Peer Association, an association of leading independent
- JTM - Job transfer and manipulation- was the first OSI protocol I was involved
with. It has now been withdrawn as a standard and this has made it possible to put the
text on the web. JTM was never taken up, but this was partly because it wasn't understood by
many people. Although now clearly history, it contains some elements and ideas that may
relevance to workflow, e-commerce, asynchronous messaging and distributed processing of
various kinds. As well as the HTMLised texts, there is a brief explanation and scenario on using JTM
in restocking a supermarket.
|Phone - worktime
||+44 20 7670 1963
||(at Bluestone Arjuna Lab)
|Phone - office at home
||+44 181 313 1833
||Not often there during the day, and I often don't notice the message light
||58 Alexandra Crescent, Bromley, Kent, BR1 4EX, UK.
12 June 1999
|This page is graphic-free - a picture tells a thousand words,
but takes a thousand times longer to download !