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The book is loosely organized in two parts: the first part covers the theory of distributed systems, the second half contains three special examples of distributed systems. The first example shows how a multimedia conferencing system can be built as a distributed application, the second, how management can modeled as a distributed application. Management of a Distributed System is a complex embedded system and requires handles in all parts of the system. stresses our architectural design is Multimedia Conferencing. The final example will show how a distributed file system have been built as an example user application. Chapter 11 is about a more complex problem, that of load balancing in distributed systems, and is aimed at the research-minded reader. The last chapter is a discussion of some of the problems that are considered unsolved or worthy of further research in distributed systems

Jon Crowcroft
Fri May 10 14:13:51 BST 1996