11th Systems Administration Conference (LISA '97)
Chaos Out of Order: A Simple, Scalable File Distribution Facility For `Intentionally Heterogeneous' Networks
Alva L. Couch
In large networks, heterogeneity in hardware, operating systems,
user needs, and administrative responsibility often forms boundaries
that inhibit sharing of information, expertise, and responsibility.
These boundaries can divide networks into `feudal fiefdoms' of
administrators, each with a disjoint domain of responsibility. DISTR
is an easy-to-use file distribution tool for homogeneous networks that
also provides controlled file transfer between disparate architectures
and administrative domains. Using DISTR, administrators of unrelated
networks can collaborate to reduce duplication of effort while
retaining control of their own networks. DISTR's controls allow
collaboration, cooperation, and camaraderie to evolve, not from grand
and imposed designs, but from informal and serendipitous commonalities
of mission and purpose.
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