Edward Ford


With the advent of distributed systems, mechanisms that support efficient resource sharing are necessary to exploit a distributed architecture. One of the key resources UNIX provides is a hierarchical file system. Early efforts supported distributed UNIX systems by copying files and sending mail between individual machines. The desire to provide transparent mechanisms on which distributed systems access resources has propelled the development of distributed file systems. This thesis presents a brief history of the development of distributed systems based on UNIX, and surveys recent implementations of distributed file systems based on UNIX. The IBIS distributed file system is an example of the latter. The original capabilities of IBIS are discussed and modifications that enhance these capabilities described.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

UNIX (Computer file); Electronic data processing--Distributed processing; File organization (Computer science)

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Department, Program, or Center

Computer Science (GCCIS)


Lutz, Michael

Advisor/Committee Member

Coon, Lawrence

Advisor/Committee Member

Reek, Margaret


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Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at QA76.8.U65 F67 1986


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