Have a look at the latest announcement at http://www.yqcomputer.com/
"Ice: Vladimir has checked into CVS (Module ginzu) an implementation of
ZeroC's ICE protocol. It is implemented using Remoting. If you were
looking for an efficient binary protocol to use with Remoting, this is it."
Looks as if Ice also got some attention in the .NET/Mono world. I think
that's great! We will do everything to help the Mono people to integrate
with Ice. This could also be a way out of a potential patent dilemma.
The Ice protocol is free, and cannot be threatened by Microsoft.