loosely coupled computer

loosely coupled computer

[′lüs·lē ¦kəp·əld kəm′pyüd·ər]
(computer science)
A computer that can function by itself and can also be connected to other computers to exchange data when necessary.
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Grid architecture is a form of distributed processing where "a big virtual computer" consists of loosely coupled computers networked on the cluster principle, for the purpose of more demanding processing and more complicated tasks.