Michael D. Schroeder
Distributed systems are a popular and powerful computing paradigm.
Yet existing examples have serious short-comings as a base for general-purpose
computing. This chapter explores the characteristics, strengths,
and weaknesses of distributed systems. It describes a model for a
state-of-the-art distributed system that can do a better job of supporting
general-purpose computing than existing systems. This model system
combines the best features of centralized and networked systems,
with improved availability and security. The chapter concludes by
outlining the technical approaches that appear most promising for
structuring such a system.
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