dear pipers, compliments for your activities. I certainly think that the way you are approaching the complex task of scalable biocomputing is novel, however I do not understand few things: - network-wide communication: CORBA ? I have the impression that CORBA has been chosen as architecture to connect components across different machines. Unfortunately, this is not much "firewall friendly", right ? Any comments about the use of Piper across secure environments ? - semantics ? I miss the point about how to define the semantics of the various processing elements across and within networks. Any plan to use DAML-S ? I am preparing a talk that I will give at NETTAB02, and have to rush finishing up the paper by friday. If you could drop me a line or two about the above topics, I will be happy to mention PIPER at that conference. Compliments anyhow and regards luca p.s. the comments here shall be interpreted in constructive way, please. No flame, only wish to understand. This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient, you must not copy this message or attachment or disclose the contents to any other person. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachment from your system. Merck does not accept liability for any omissions or errors in this message which may arise as a result of E-Mail-transmission or for damages resulting from any unauthorized changes of the content of this message and any attachment thereto. Merck does not guarantee that this message is free of viruses and does not accept liability for any damages caused by any virus transmitted therewith.