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    SubjectRe: Drunken mumblings [OFFTROPIC]
    Alain Williams <> writes:

    > This already exists -- it is called an NFS[*] server.

    Gosh, really? "NFS", you say? I've never heard of it!

    Yes, OF COURSE the people discussing this know of the existence of
    standard networked filesystems. In fact, if you'd bothered to read the
    start of the thread, you'd have seen that it started with a complaint
    about current filesystems. The problem, you see, isn't that people
    don't know of the wondrous technology called "fileservers", it's that
    they don't necessarily think it's good enough for everything you might
    want to do.

    There are many reasons why you'd want to use something other than a
    standard PC with a bunch of disks attached to serve files; instead of
    detailing them, I'll just suggest that you read one of the many papers
    that have been written on intelligent storage and network-attached

    Some references for information on network-attached storage and
    intelligent disks:


    nat lanza --------------------- research programmer, parallel data lab, cmu scs --------------------------------
    there are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths -- alfred north whitehead

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