Butler Lampson, Michael Schroeder, and Andrew Birrell
Citation: Digital Systems Research Center, December 1989.
Most markets for computing are evolving towards distributed solutions. The system framework that accommodates distributed solutions most gracefully is likely to dominate in the 1990’s. A leadership distributed system includes the best of today’s centralized systems, combining their coherence and function with the better cost/performance, growth, scale, geographic extent, availability, and reliability possible in distributed systems. To build such a system requires a distributed systems architecture as the framework for a wide variety of products. The architecture specifies a set of standard services in a distributed system. Together these services make up an integrated system with global names, access, availability, security, and management, all working uniformly throughout the system.
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