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10IPT: Clients & Servers

posted Feb 26, 2013, 12:39 PM by Eddie Woo
Before we get stuck into the lesson proper, here are a couple of interesting videos that I wanted to show you. The first one actually relates to our previous topic (multimedia), but provides such a helpful summary of the relevant issues that I still want you to see it now:

Copyright: Forever Less One Day

The second video is a little more related to our current topic. It has to do with one of the issues we looked at in your brief presentations, namely the overwhelming levels of data now accessible to us - this looks at some of the pros and cons of this trend.

Alright! With those out of the way, let's get stuck into the lesson: 
  1. Distinguish between LANs and WANs.
  2. Define the phrase "client-server architecture".
  3. Compare and contrast thin and thick clients.
  4. Outline the manner in which the information processes operate differently within a client-server arrangement (as opposed to nodes functioning independently. (Refer explicitly to the processes you are outlining; you do not need to mention all seven, but only the ones that are significantly affected by the difference in architecture.)
  5. Investigate Google Chrome OS. Hence (a) outline the benefits that result from its implementation of client-server architecture and (b) explain the criticisms leveled at the project.
  6. A large company has decided to replace all of its employees' thick clients with thin clients. Discuss the changes that (a) must be made to prepare for this transition and (b) will result from the transition.