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server farm

A group of servers that are housed in one facility. A server farm comprises dozens, hundreds or even thousands of rack-mounted servers, typically running the same operating system and applications. Using load balancing, the workload is distributed among all machines.

Although the terms "server farm," "disk farm" and "datacenter" are mostly synonymous, a server farm often refers to a "darkened" datacenter full of Web servers that is devoid of people except for machine repairs. A general-purpose datacenter, on the other hand, may have human operators at consoles as well as people loading paper in printers and loading and unloading optical disc and tape cartridges. See clustering, darkened datacenter and telecom hotel.
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Putting 3X faster GF multiplier and the GF divider with half number of iterations together along with an algorithm for calculating k-P (scalar multiplication in elliptic curve cryptography where k is the order of the base point and P is the point to encrypt), we have implemented a 193-bit elliptic curve crypto-processor engine for server farms. Required elliptic curve parameters such as the order of the base point k, the irreducible prime polynomial p(x) = [x.sup.193] + [x.sup.15] + 1, and the base point G are given in SEG2 for the 193-bit wide GF([2.sup.193]) 6].
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"Yes, it could be argued that, once you've got the server farm up and running, it might cost you less to be encoding/transcoding in-house than paying a third-party to do it for you.
In contrast to server farms, data centers often have human operators working at consoles and providing other support services.
A server farm might sport a nice corporate goose pond with a fountain.
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In a co-location facility, or Web server farm, your server is stored in an environment with other companies' servers.
Its solutions address some of the most pressing issues facing CIOs today -- IT and server consolidation, server farm management and budgeting conflicts between managing existing systems and developing new IT capabilities.
The SVTC currently opposes the construction of a server farm in Alviso, California, that would sit close to a river and a wildlife refuge.
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In an Eprise-managed Web environment, ECDS can be used to replicate content throughout a local server farm to support large sites or to duplicate content from a central authoring server to other geographically dispersed Web servers.
Foundry's ServerIron switches provide redundant server load balancing to Tullett & Tokyo's server farm, increasing performance and resiliency.