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This text explains how products and services from a wide variety of suppliers can be integrated to produce a distributed computing system. It shows how organizations can build sophisticated data communication networks that are integrated with widespread data processing resources. The text addresses a balanced field of hardware (transmission, switching, computing equipment) and software (architecture, protocols, operating systems and middleware), and shows why software is the vital ingredient to produce interoperability in a world of incompatible systems and services.
Table Of Contents
Strategic Applications in Distributed Computing. Data Network Architectures. Building the Client-Server Architecture. Development of Client-Server Applications. Network Technology for Distributed Computing. Middleware and the Application Programming Interface. Industry-Supported Environments. Open Networking Standards (TCP/IP and OSI). Distributed Systems Management. Groupware - Integrating People with Distributed Systems. Future Directions.
Bruce Elbert is president of Application Technology Strategy, L.L.C., and was formerly senior vice president of applications systems development at Hughes Space and Communications. Bruce is a series editor for Artech House. He holds an MSEE in communications engineering and computer science from the University of Maryland and a BSEE from the City College of New York.