The ACE ORB (TAO - The Ace Orb) is a freely available, open-source, and standards-compliant real-time C++ implementation of CORBA based upon the Adaptive Communication Environment (ACE). It attempts to provide efficient, predictable, and scalable quality of service (QoS) end-to-end. TAO applies the best software practices and patterns to automate the delivery of high-performance and real-time QoS to distributed applications. TAO is for developers of distributed and embedded applications who have stringent performance demands.
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... TAOcan be downloaded from the Internet and freely used and redistributed without developer or run-time licensing costs ... Commercial support, documentation, training, and consulting for TAOare available from multiple vendors ... tools and services have also been integrated with TAO ...