front end processor


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front end processor

A computer that handles communications processing for a mainframe. It connects to the communications lines on one end and the mainframe on the other. It transmits and receives messages, assembles and disassembles packets and detects and corrects errors. It is sometimes synonymous with a communications controller, although the latter is usually not as flexible.
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FIS has nodes, either Unisys CP2000 front end processors or a telco DACS (digital access cross-connect system), at five sites--Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Tampa, Panama City and Fort Myers.