Large Scale Print Spool Service
Ignacio Reguero, David Foster, and Ivan Deloose - CERN
The paper describes a project to enhance the print service for
The printer infrastructure consists of over 1000 printers
serving more than 5000 Unix users running on workstations of various
brands as well as PCs running Linux. In addition, the infrastructure
must serve more than 3000 PCs running Windows/95 and NT 4.
support a large number of printer manufacturers, including HP, QMS,
Tektronix, Xerox and Apple.
Lightweight print clients are
provided for all the supported platforms and transparently distributed
using the ASIS software repository and the NICE application
architecture. They may be used as "drop-in" replacements of the
standard vendor clients. Compatibility with older CERN lightweight
print clients is provided. Printing with standard vendor clients is
Administrative tools are provided for the general
management of print servers and in particular for replicating server
configurations and monitoring spool file systems.
offers a high level of scalability and fault tolerance, since it has
no single point of failure in the server back-end.
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