ERIC Number: ED195231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Distributed Network and Multiprocessing Minicomputer State-of-the-Art Capabilities.
Theis, Douglas J.
An examination of the capabilities of minicomputers and midicomputers now on the market reveals two basic items which users should evaluate when selecting computers for their own applications: distributed networking systems and multiprocessing architectures. Variables which should be considered in evaluating a distributed networking system capability include topology, line protocols, hardware interfaces, network protocol, user software, and network software. With regard to the multiprocessing architectures capability, minicomputer and midicomputer vendors provide several different kinds of capabilities for interconnecting multiple computers into multiprocessing systems. Four manufacturers offer bus interconnected hardware between CPU's, two vendors supply turn key systems, and six offer shared main memory products; most vendors offer shared disk hardware. Since each user has different needs, it would be difficult to establish an overall rating system for deciding upon a particular system; however, key performance advantages and disadvantages of each type of capability have been identified. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Computer Conference (Norfolk, VA, June 23-25, 1980).