Concepts / Distributed computing

Distributed computing is a distributed system typified by a collection of computing resources that share neither a common physical clock nor memory, and are usually separated geographically with autonomy and heterogeneity.

Distributed ledgers, of which blockchains are the most famous, are considered distributed computing systems, although each node can hardly be declared wholly autonomous (i.e. nodes must follow very strict code).

When the system architecture treats participants as equals, as equipotent, both able to call for and provide services and resources, the distributed system is described as peer-to-peer.


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