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Network File System Protocol

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ALSO CALLED: NFS, Distributed File System Protocol
DEFINITION: A distributed file system is a client/server-based applicationthat allows clients to access and process data storedon the server as if it were on their own computer. Whena user accesses a file on the server, the server sends the user a copyof the file, which is cached on the user's computer whilethe data is being processed and is then returned to the server.Ideally, a distributed file system organizes  … 
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NETWORK FILE SYSTEM PROTOCOL DEFINITION (continued): …  file and directory servicesof individual servers into a global directory in such a way that remotedata access is not location-specific but is identical from any client. Allfiles are accessible to all users of the global file system and organizationis hierarchical and directory-based. Since more than one client may accessthe same data simultaneously, the server must have a mechanism in place(such as maintaining information about the times of access) to organizeupdates so that the client always receives the most current version ofdata and that data conflicts do not arise. Distributed file systems … 
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