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host computer

[′hōst kəm¦pyüd·ər]
(computer science)
The central or controlling computer in a time-sharing or distributed-processing system.
The computer upon which depends a specialized computer handling the input/output functions in a real-time system.
A computer that can function as the source or recipient of data transfers on a network.
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In the Arburg ALS host computer, this "Big Data" can be displayed in three information areas: Machine Status (operating modes, alarms, and fault causes), Operating Data (parts counter, program, mold, and order information), and Process Parameters (actual values from the molding cycle).
It is a broad-based answer for all sizes of airports and all categories of passenger carriers--with or without host computers," said ARINC Airport Systems Director, John Dungan.
A broadband Internet connection improves performance, but it is not necessary because Remote Desktop transfers only the minimal data (such as display data and keyboard data) to remotely control the host computer.
It can function at full access control and alarm monitoring capacity even when communications with its host computer are interrupted or lost.
And although CPAs remain somewhat cautious about exposing clients' confidential tax data on the Internet and, worse, storing them in the tax software vendor's host computer, even those barriers are weakening as vendors address these concerns with superhigh security measures.
Remote users who connect to a host computer can examine files and directory contents.
FTP allows downloading or uploading of files, including software, from a remote computer to a host computer, or vice versa.
A program is installed on a host computer that allows a user to selectively go and download a patient record to a notebook computer," explains Jim Ingalls, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at CARE.
A radio frequency data communications (RFDC) system that links in real time the warehouse floor with the host computer streamlines the kitting operation while boosting inventory accuracy.