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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Conclusion

Computing has evolved from the highly centralized early days of the terminal-host system to today's client/server environment. Though the term is widely used without qualification, client/server can mean a lot of different things. In the original version, the client-file server approach, the server has little intelligence (processing power, memory, storage); it's just a data repository. This model, however, has in turn given way to approaches in which the server and the client are both intelligent and share in the execution of tasks. There are many ways to distribute intelligence, however, and it is likely that an array of different strategies will coexist for some time to come. Interestingly, the most radical and most promising change ...

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