Method for Managing Client/Server Relationships in the AIX Operating System
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a way of handling stateful client/server relationships in a distributed system. The specific implementation discussed is that of the Distributed Services product which runs under the AIX* operating system for the IBM RT PC. In the Distributed System function of the AIX operating system, client nodes make use of the resources of server nodes. For the client to use the remote resource there must be connection between the client and server, and during the use of the resource, the client and server may build up local knowledge of each other and of the state of the resource. There are several trade-offs available in deciding on the nature of this knowledge and on how to use the connection to maintain the knowledge. A typical scenario might flow as follows: Client "opens" a remote resource 1.