distributed operating system


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distributed operating system

An operating system designed to work in a network. More complex than a centralized or decentralized architecture, each computer in a distributed system operates and scales independently but is part of the whole. An interprocess communication (IPC) is designed to share data and resources as efficiently as possible.

In Practice
This architecture was first theorized in the 1970s and 1980s; however, today, most modern operating systems are network aware to a great extent. Distributed operating systems, defined as such, have not become as widely used by any stretch in comparison to Linux, Unix and Windows, which thrive in millions of networks. See Plan 9 and Inferno.
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The MOSIX distributed operating system is an ongoing project that began in 1981.
Using a federated model instead of the usual model of centralized control (as in distributed operating systems) was a conscious decision by the Jini designers.
In order to handle inaccessibility of objects, in the Argus distributed operating system [Liskov and Sheifler 1983] the programmer may associate an exception with an invocation.
The Amoeba distributed operating system: Selected papers 1984-1987.
The Amoeba project has clearly demonstrated that it is possible to build an efficient, high-performance distributed operating system on current hardware.
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Sincce migration operations take a relatively short time to complete, the operations can be incorporated into the distributed operating system and their control automated without offline monitoring and decision-making.
Here, each node functions as a part of the same distributed operating system. A different approach is employed to handle the problems of communicating among and using software across a collection of loosely coupled heterogeneous computer systems (HCS); each node or cluster of nodes may be a different system offering unique services that are shared across the network.
This is more akin to distributed operating systems than to enterprise management systems.
Members of Parascale's founding engineering team have successfully delivered distributed operating systems and distributed file systems for companies including Sun (Sun Cluster), HP (Open SSI), Teradata (Teradata RDBMS), and IBM (AIX TCF).
Revenue from sales of its software on Unix, NT and other distributed operating systems accelerated further at 35% years over year to reach $816m in the quarter.

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