Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.


Xerox Network System or Xerox Network Services.

This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)


(1) See XDI.

(2) (Xerox Network Services) An early networking protocol suite developed at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). XNS has been the basis for many popular network architectures including Novell's NetWare, Banyan's VINES and 3Com's 3+.

 XNS        NetXNS Layer     Protocols    Ware  OSI

 4 Application                    7

 3 Control                        5/6

 2 Transport     SPP, PEP   SPX   4

 1 Internet      IDP        IPX   3

 0 Transmission  Ethernet         1/2
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
Xenos trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "XNS."
It can display AppleTalk, Banyan VINES, DECnet, Novell, OSI, SNA, and XNS packets.
The DII for each growing season was calculated as DII = 1 - Xds/Xns, where Xds and Xns are the mean of all genotypes under DS and NS environments, respectively.
The XML Network Server (XNS) is a native XML infrastructure technology modeled on the proven network paradigm of routers and hubs.
"If we take the Oriental side [vernacular language, village schools] the Native Xns will say we wish to keep them down; if the European side [higher level educational institutions; English language] they will say 'Of course!
Commercial networking technologies were being pursued as well, including IBM's SNA, Xerox's XNS, and Digital Equipment Corp.'s DECNET.
The remote access server supports AppleTalk, IPX, TCP/IP, DECNet, XNS, LAN Manager and Banyan Vines.
Xenos Group Inc (TSX: XNS) has announced the launch of the Xenos Integrated Document Solution (IDS).
An IPX packet is identical to a Xerox Internetwork Standard (XNS), which consists of a 30-byte header followed by 0 to 546 bytes of data (Figure 5).
"Another thing we liked about the Ethermodem," adds Cantrall, "is that it was actually independent of the protocol you feed it--it doesn't care if it's XNS or TCP/IP or whatever.