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The Architecture of UNIX United

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Lindsay MarshallORCiD, Professor Brian RandellORCiD



UNIX United is an architecture for a distributed system based on UNIX. As it is compatible with UNIX at the system call level, any program written for a normal UNIX system can be transparently extended to exploit the richer environment of UNIX United. As it relies on having a UNIX system beneath it, the implementation of UNIX United, called the Newcastle Connection, provides an interesting example of the construction of a very powerful distributed system with only a modicum of effort. A description of the basic semantics of UNIX United is followed by that of the architecture implied by the protocol between components in a UNIX United system, and of a software structure appropriate to the architecture and the protocol.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Black JP, Marshall LF, Randell B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the IEEE

Year: 1987

Volume: 75

Issue: 5

Pages: 709-718

Date deposited: 06/12/2011

ISSN (print): 0018-9219

ISSN (electronic): 1558-2256

Publisher: IEEE Press


DOI: 10.1109/PROC.1987.13783

Notes: Special Issue on Distributed Database Systems


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