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front end

(1)
An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a "back end").

front end

(2)
Software that provides an interface to another program "behind" it, which may not be as user-friendly. Probably from analogy with hardware front-ends that interfaced with mainframes.

front end

The head, starting point or input side in a system. For example, it may refer to the graphical interface on a user's workstation where all data are entered or to a communications system, such as a front end processor or TP monitor that accepts incoming transactions and messages. See back end.
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By providing its deep insights and proprietary tools, the Hershey Front End Team is making a difference for retailers and changing the way they engage consumers at the front of the store," says the spokesman.
Produced with research partners Meridian Consulting and Shook Kelley, the Kraft-sponsored project aimed to understand the motivations and emotions of shoppers as they approach the front end zone, and to use that knowledge to design a more positive experience.
With more products vying for space at the front end, it is becoming more difficult to effectively merchandise and create a mix that maximizes sales while addressing customer needs.
The new project builds upon a previous study in 1998 that estimated the value of products sold in the front end to be $4.
It develops and sells C++ source code-based SystemVerilog, Verilog, VHDL and PSL/Sugar front ends -- parsers, analyzers and elaborators -- as well as a generic hierarchical netlist database for EDA applications.
One key issue for retailers is determining what they want to display at the front end.
The second phase, now underway, is studying data from 500 stores to figure out how best to manage the front end.
True Software Radio(TM) chipsets replace the front end, I/F processing, ADC, and digital filtering sections of digital radios.
Traditionally merchandising at the front end is split up between all the different departments whose products are represented there.
This support for the Verilog and VHDL languages is made possible by hardware description level (HDL) Component Software from Verific Design Automation that serves as the front end to MVSIM.
In addition, this solution provides resellers with a valuable tool that enables them to quantify network performance and show customers the immediate benefits and ROI provided by an Application Front End," Ga'ash concluded.
Portal(R) is an extremely popular trading front end for our clients at both traditional asset management firms and hedge funds, and portfolio managers at these firms are increasingly looking for their traders to manage lists of stocks throughout the day," said Michael Plunkett, President, North America, Instinet.