Implementation of a Unix network

DA Nowitz, ME Lesk

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A network of over 100 Unix computer systems has been established using the telephone system as its primary communications medium. The system is used primary for software exchange and remote mail, but permits processing with remote resources (files/programs). The authors faced a number of design issues common to distributed processing during its implementation. Several features of the system helped make it successful: low startup cost, no operating-system changes, easy user interface, locally administered security. This paper discusses the design issues and the authors' approach to the problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Unix
  • computer networks
  • distributed processing electronic mail


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