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front-end

[¦frənt ′end]
(computer science)
Of a minicomputer, under programmed instructions, performing data transfers and control operations to relieve a larger computer of these routines.
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In this model, data writes quickly into the front-end disk cache and later writes to the back-end tape pool without impacting applications or backup performance.