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VINES Architecture Definition

Chapter 1 - Introduction to the VINES Network Operating System

What Is VINES?

Server-based networks require users to log in to a specific server and provide them access only to resources and services that reside on that server.
Service-based networks let users log in to the entire network through a single server which provides them with access to all network resources and services.

System Software Features

A layered network architecture that supports present and future industry standards
A sophisticated suite of communications protocols that integrate multiple technologies and interface easily with other protocols
A global naming system, StreetTalk, implemented as a distributed network application
A simple, consistent, and powerful set of design rules and interfaces, independent of network hardware and size, that provide a model for building distributed applications

Drivers for a variety of physical devices, including serial communications cards, LAN cards, tape drives, and disk drives. Communication programs transport data among these dissimilar hardware components.
Services for naming, sharing, and managing resources in the server and on the network. Resources include server disk space, network printers, and terminal emulation over serial communications lines.
Tools for developing distributed applications under standard operating systems on both the server and workstations. The development environment includes VINES libraries, utility programs, sample programs, and other tools useful for development in the VINES environment.

Workstation Software Features

Shared physical resources such as disk space, printers, communication lines, and modems
Shared logical resources such as files and applications
User access to all resources on the network, regardless of the intervening LAN or WAN communications technology
Menu-driven system administration and management of users, hardware, applications, and files through the use of the StreetTalk naming system
Integrated, easy-to-use gateways to minicomputers and mainframes that do not require dedicated computing hardware
Comprehensive security, comparable with mainframe systems

Drivers provide users with network access and communication through LAN cards and serial ports.
Resident programs support basic services such as file sharing, printer sharing, and network message notification.
VINES client applications communicate with VINES services. VINES client applications support access to services such as StreetTalk Directory Assistance and management of the individual user's network computing environment. They also support a full range of features to manage users and network resources.
Tools for developing third-party applications. Some VINES applications include resident programs whose features are accessible by third-party applications through a VINES software interrupt.

Managing VINES

VINES Hardware Support


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