OpenAMQ is a fast, stable, free implementation of the AMQP (www.amqp.org) messaging protocol. It gives applications high-performance messaging (delivery of opaque data) across loosely connected networks. It is capable of handling up to 600k messages per second depending on the hardware, with a latency around 300 microseconds. It is multithreaded and supports C/C++ and Java on Linux, AIX, Solaris, OS/X, Windows, and OpenVMS.
The 0MQ lightweight messaging kernel is a library which extends the standard socket interfaces with features traditionally provided by specialized messaging middleware products. 0MQ sockets provide an abstraction of asynchronous message queues, multiple messaging patterns, message filtering (subscriptions), seamless access to multiple transport protocols, and more.
PICI-NMS is an object oriented middleware which makes possible sending messages in a networked environment or on a single host between applications using the library provided. The supported message sending mechanism is "publish/subscribe" and this is backed up by a very easy-to-use and intuitive C++ API which hides the underlying socket interface to make the message sending as transparent to the client as possible.
Apache Qpid is a messaging broker that implements the latest AMQP specification, providing transaction management, queuing, distribution, security, management, clustering, federation, heterogeneous multi-platform support, and much more. It is extremely fast and aims to be 100% AMQP Compliant.
Collage is a cross-platform C++ library for building heterogenous, distributed applications. Among other things, it is the cluster backend for the Equalizer parallel rendering framework. It provides an abstraction of different network connections, peer-to-peer messaging, node discovery, synchronization, and high-performance, object-oriented, versioned data distribution. It is designed for low-overhead multi-threaded execution, which allows applications to easily exploit multi-core architectures.