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Workstation design for distributed computing

Andrew John Wilkes

June 1987, 179 pages

This technical report is based on a dissertation submitted June 1984 by the author for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the University of Cambridge, Wolfson College.


This thesis discusses some aspects of the design of computer systems for local area networks (LANs), with particular emphasis on the way such systems present themselves to their users. Too little attention to this issue frequently results in computing environments that cannot be extended gracefully to accommodate new hardware or software and do not present consistent, uniform interfaces to either their human users or their programmatic clients. Before computer systems can become truly ubiquitous tools, these problems of extensibility and accessibility must be solved. This dissertation therefore seeks to examine one possible approach, emphasising support for program development on LAN based systems.

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  author =	 {Wilkes, Andrew John},
  title = 	 {{Workstation design for distributed computing}},
  year = 	 1987,
  month = 	 jun,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-108}