front-end processor


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front-end processor

[¦frənt ¦end ‚präs‚es·ər]
(computer science)
A computer which connects to the main computer at one end and communications channels at the other, and which directs the transmitting and receiving of messages, detects and corrects transmission errors, assembles and disassembles messages, and performs other processing functions so that the main computer receives pure information.

front-end processor

(FEP) 1. A small computer necessary to enable an IBM mainframe using SNA to communicate beyond the limits of the dinosaur pen.

2. A small computer controlling the screen and keyboard of a Symbolics 3600 LISP Machine.
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Oak's OTI-907X front-end processors also simplify drive design and contribute to a lower CDRW system cost by eliminating a significant number of external components--compared to conventional analog front-end solutions, which use more than 100 components.
In this case, the old front-end processor in Lexington was removed and all alarm contacts were connected to a central alarm panel in the facility.
It's important to protect not only the LAN but access to the front-end processor through the LAN with some kind of security device.
DCA's initial implementation, known as Telcon, made use of network software and the Distributed Communications Processor (DCP), which serves as a front-end processor, remote concentrator or network node processor for the firm's host computers.
Over a multi-drop leased-line network, the communications computer transmits data to an IBM host through a front-end processor.
The 3705 front-end processor or communications controller attaches to the mainframe via the local channel.
That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese.
That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese," said Dongarra, who toured the Tianhe-2 development facility in May.
The merger will add new technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors and digital front-end processors, the buyer said.