Accession Number : ADA018734

Title :   An Overview of the Distributed Computer Network.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Mills,David L.

Report Date : OCT 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The Distributed Computer Network (DCN) is a resource-sharing computer network which includes a number of DEC PDP11 computers. The DCN supports a number of processes in a multiprogrammed distributed environment. Processes can communicate with each other and interface with their environment in a manner which is independent of their residence within a particular computer. Resources such as processors, devices and storage media can be remotely accessed and shared so as to provide increased reliability, flexibility and system utilization. The DCN now supports several programming languages and applications packages. Common programming languages such as LISP, BASIC and others, along with an extensive library of interactive graphics procedures, can be executed in processes which take full advantage of the distributed architecture of the system. Most of the components of the Disk Operating System (DOS) for the PDP11 can be executed in a special emulator-type virtual process now being constructed for this purpose.

Descriptors :   *Digital computers, *Networks, Memory devices, Minicomputers, Computer architecture, Magnetic disks, Interactive graphics, Compilers, Computer files, Fortran, Programming languages, Computer program documentation, Resource management, Multiprocessors

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE