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A case for NOW (Networks of Workstations)

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3 Author(s)
Anderson, T.E. ; California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Culler, D.E. ; Patterson, D.A.

Networks of workstations are poised to become the primary computing infrastructure for science and engineering. NOWs may dramatically improve virtual memory and file system performance; achieve cheap, highly available, and scalable file storage: and provide multiple CPUs for parallel computing. Hurdles that remain include efficient communication hardware and software, global coordination of multiple workstation operating systems, and enterprise-scale network file systems. Our 100-node NOW prototype aims to demonstrate practical solutions to these challenges

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 1 )