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MC0085 – Advanced Operating Systems (Distributed Systems)
(Book ID: B0967)
Describe the following:
Distributed Computing Systems
Distributed Computing System ModelsAns:1
Distributed Computing Systems : Over the past two decades, advancements in microelectronictechnology have resulted in the availability of fast, inexpensive processors, and advancements incommunication technology have resulted in the availability of cost-effective and highly efficientcomputer networks. The advancements in these two technologies favour the use of interconnected, multiple processors in place of a single, high-speed processor.Computer architectures consisting of interconnected, multiple processors are basically of twotypes:In
tightly coupled systems
, there is a single system wide primary memory (address space) thatis shared by all the processors (Fig. 1.1). If any processor writes, for example, the value 100 tothe memory location x, any other processor subsequently reading from location x will get thevalue 100. Therefore, in these systems, any communication between the processors usually takesplace through the shared memory.In
loosely coupled systems
, the processors do not share memory, and each processor has itsown local memory (Fig. 1.2). If a processor writes the value 100 to the memory location x, thiswrite operation will only change the contents of its local memory and will not affect the contents of the memory of any other processor. Hence, if another processor reads the memory location x, itwill get whatever value was there before in that location of its own local memory. In thesesystems, all physical communication between the processors is done by passing messages acrossthe network that interconnects the processors.Usually, tightly coupled systems are referred to as parallel processing systems, and looselycoupled systems are referred to as distributed computing systems, or simply distributed systems.In contrast to the tightly coupled systems, the processors of distributed computing systems can belocated far from each other to cover a wider geographical area. Furthermore, in tightly coupledsystems, the number of processors that can be usefully deployed is usually small and limited bythe bandwidth of the shared memory. This is not the case with distributed computing systems thatare more freely expandable and can have an almost unlimited number of processors.
MC0085 – Advanced Operating Systems (Distributed Systems)
(Book ID: B0967)
Hence, a
distributed computing system
is basically a collection of processors interconnected by acommunication network in which each processor has its own local memory and other peripherals, andthe communication between any two processors of the system takes place by message passing overthe communication network. For a particular processor, its own resources are local, whereas the otherprocessors and their resources are remote. Together, a processor and its resources are usuallyreferred to as a node or site or machine of the distributed computing system.
Distributed Computing System Models : Distributed Computing system models can be broadlyclassified into five categories. They are ;Minicomputer modelWorkstation modelWorkstation – server modelProcessor – pool modelHybrid model
Minicomputer Model :-
The minicomputer model (Fig. 1.3) is a simple extension of the centralizedtime-sharing system. A distributed computing system based on this model consists of a fewminicomputers (they may be large supercomputers as well) interconnected by a communicationnetwork. Each minicomputer usually has multiple users simultaneously logged on to it. For this,several interactive terminals are connected to each minicomputer. Each user is logged on to onespecific minicomputer, with remote access to other minicomputers. The network allows a user toaccess remote resources that are available on some machine other than the one on to which the useris currently logged.The minicomputer model may be used when resource sharing (such as sharing of informationdatabases of different types, with each type of database located on a different machine) with remoteusers is desired.The early ARPAnet is an example of a distributed computing system based on the minicomputermodel.
MC0085 – Advanced Operating Systems (Distributed Systems)
(Book ID: B0967)
Workstation Model:-
A distributed computing system based on the workstation model (Fig. 1.4)consists of several workstations interconnected by a communication network. An organization mayhave several workstations located throughout a building or campus, each workstation equipped withits own disk and serving as a single-user computer. It has been often found that in such anenvironment, at any one time a significant proportion of the workstations are idle (not being used),resulting in the waste of large amounts of CPU time. Therefore, the idea of the workstation model is tointerconnect all these workstations by a high-speed LAN so that idle workstations may be used toprocess jobs of users who are logged onto other workstations and do not have sufficient processingpower at their own workstations to get their jobs processed efficiently.
Workstation – Server Model:-
The workstation model is a network of personal workstations, each with its own disk and a local filesystem. A workstation with its own local disk is usually called a diskful workstation and a workstationwithout a local disk is called a diskless workstation. With the proliferation of high-speed networks,diskless workstations have become more popular in network environments than diskful workstations,making the workstation-server model more popular than the workstation model for buildingdistributed computing systems.
Workstation – Server Model:-
The workstation model is a network of personal workstations, eachwith its own disk and a local file system. A workstation with its own local disk is usually called a diskful

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