Prefix Tables: A Simple Mechanism for Locating Files in a Distributed System
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCES
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Prefix tables provide a mechanism for locating files in a system whose storage is distributed among many servers. The result is a single file system hierarchy visible uniformly and transparently to all clients. Each client of the filesystem maintains a local prefix table that identifies the server for a file based on the initial part of the file name. Prefix tables are built and modified using a simple broadcast protocol that is flexible enough to allow dynamic server reconfiguration and a simple form of replication.
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