Distributed file systems and distributed memory

Steve J. Chapin, T. W. Doeppner

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The model of a single file system shared by all users of a computer is not only convenient but expected by most computer users. It seems natural to extend this model across multiple computers so that all users on a collection of computers share the same file system, thus forming a distributed file system. Similarly, the model of a collection of threads of control sharing the same address space as they cooperate in a computation is attractive for exploiting concurrency. This single-address-space abstraction is certainly the natural model for use on a shared-memory multiprocessor. Its convenience for programming is so compelling that it is used increasingly to take advantage of parallelism on distributed systems, where it is called distributed memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Science Handbook, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780203494455
ISBN (Print)9781584883609
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


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