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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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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.
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Crescendo Networks is the undisputed performance leader in the application acceleration market, delivering unmatched multi-gigabit performance, application assurance and feature concurrency through its award-winning Maestro application front end products.
Acting solely as an agent for its customers, which include international mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds and hedge funds, Instinet seeks to improve institutional investment performance and lower overall trading costs through its various front end trading systems, securities crossing networks, algorithms and investment research products.
At Interop 2006, Crescendo Networks, the leader in high performance application front end (AFE) products, today announced it was selected as the Best of Interop Grand Prize winner.
TriQuint will unveil products that realize the promise of a truly integrated WCDMA and EDGE RF front end at the 2006 GSM World Congress in Barcelona.
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Crescendo Networks, the global leader in application acceleration, today announced that its Maestro CN-5080E has been named as a top performer in the Network World independent multi-vendor test of Application Front End (AFE) solutions (web front-end devices).