distributed system

Computing Dictionary

distributed system definition


A collection of (probably heterogeneous) automata whose distribution is transparent to the user so that the system appears as one local machine. This is in contrast to a network, where the user is aware that there are several machines, and their location, storage replication, load balancing and functionality is not transparent. Distributed systems usually use some kind of client-server organisation.
Distributed systems are considered by some to be the "next wave" of computing.
Distributed Computing Environment is the Open Software Foundation's software architecture for distributed systems.
(http://dstc.edu.au/AU/research_news/dist-env.html).
(1994-12-06)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: distributed smalltalk
Next Definition: distributed systems
Words Near: distributed system
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for distributed system
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing distributed system
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature