distributed system

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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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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