Issue No. 05 - September (1980 vol. 6)
A.D. Birrell , Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
A file server is a utility provided in a computer connected via a local communications network to a number of other computer. File servers exist to preserve material for the benefit of client machines or systems. It is desirable for a file server to be able to support multiple file directory and access management systems, so that the designer of a client system retains the freedom to design the system that best suits him. For example, he may wish to use the rile server to support a predefimed directory structure or as a swapping disk. The paper explores the dedgn issues associated with such a file server and proposes some solutions.
garbage collector, Access control, directory, distributed computing, file server, filing system
A. Birrell and R. Needham, "A Universal File Server," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 450-453, 1980.