Design Considerations for a Distributed Data Access System.
WHARTON SCHOOL OF FINANCE AND COMMERCE PHILADELPHIA PA
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Recent years have witnessed the emergence of a new structure for computer systems--the distributed computer network. Several complete computers CPU, primary storage, secondary storage and operating software are linked via electronic communication lines to provide a single resource. That is users of one machine in the network node can access facilities at another node. Networks are motivated by desires to provide resource sharing CPU-time, storage space, software, data,..., to improve reliability, and to take advantage of savings in communications costs. The chief focus of network research to date has been the communications subsystem. Existing telephone system facilities are inadequate because they cannot provide adequate bandwidth and reliability unless each node of the network has one or more direct broadband say, 50 kilo bitssecond. links to each other node. Progress has been made in the area of computer communications, but general software systems for networks have not been studied. The work considers the issues of designing a network software system. In particular, it is argued that the most urgent requirement is to develop a mechanism for data sharing. Modified author abstract
- Computer Programming and Software
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