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Structures for networks of systems

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Scherr, A.L. ; IBM Corporation, Software Development, 472 Wheelers Farms Road, Milford, Connecticut 06460, USA

This paper describes how systems will be interconnected in the future, the roles that they will play, and the trade-offs that affect these roles. Starting with a general model for structuring a network of systems, general trade-offs in cost and performance are discussed relative to where functions are placed in the network. Several general principles for data and function placement in a network of systems are derived from these trade-offs. The optimal roles for each of several layers of a network of systems are discussed. Finally, conclusions are drawn regarding the design of future networks of systems.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 1 )