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A new taxonomy for distributed computer systems based upon operating system structureCharacteristics of the resource structure found in the operating system are considered as a mechanism for classifying distributed computer systems. Since the operating system resources, themselves, are too diversified to provide a consistent classification, the structure upon which resources are built and shared are examined. The location and control character of this indivisibility provides the taxonomy for separating uniprocessors, computer networks, network computers (fully distributed processing systems or decentralized computers) and algorithm and/or data control multiprocessors. The taxonomy is important because it divides machines into a classification that is relevant or important to the client and not the hardware architect. It also defines the character of the kernel O/S structure needed for future computer systems. What constitutes an operating system for a fully distributed processor is discussed in detail.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Foudriat, E. C.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1985
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:86438
Accession Number
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-37-03-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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