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DCE (Distributed Computing Environment)

In order for geographically distributed computer systems to be used like a computer, they must be integrated into a suitable architecture. DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) offers the corresponding prerequisites.

What does DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) mean?

The DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) is a software architecture for sharing geographically distributed computer systems. The DCE was developed by the Software Foundation in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Foundation members, including IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), and Hewlett-Packard, provided the technologies necessary to establish an Open Systems platform that solved the problems of working with geographically distributed computer systems.

How DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) Works

The DCE provides the toolkit and framework needed to set up an Open Systems platform. The DEC is based on:

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  • Client / Server Model
  • Remote procedure call
  • Shared files
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DCE uses the client / server model for organizing distributed applications, remote procedure call for communication between computer systems, and shared files for data processing. One advantage of DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) is that a user only needs to know the name of an application or file to invoke it from any device within a distributed computer system. The addresses or locations of the storage sites do not need to be known.


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