A brief introduction to distributed systems

Maarten van Steen*, Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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Distributed systems are by now commonplace, yet remain an often difficult area of research. This is partly explained by the many facets of such systems and the inherent difficulty to isolate these facets from each other. In this paper we provide a brief overview of distributed systems: what they are, their general design goals, and some of the most common types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-1009
Number of pages43
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Distributed computer system
  • Networked computer systems


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