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Many distributed systems provide a ``single-system image'' to their
users, so the user has the illusion that they are using a single system
when in fact they are using many distributed resources. It is a
powerful abstraction that helps users to manage the complexity of using
distributed resources. The goal of the Snowflake project is to discover
how single-system images can be made to span administrative domains.
Our current prototype organizes resources in namespaces and distributes
them using Java Remote Method Invocation. Challenging issues include
how much flexibility should be built into the namespace interface, and
how transparent the network and persistent storage should be. We
outline future work on making Snowflake administrator-friendly.
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Jon Howell and David Kotz, "Snowflake: Spanning administrative domains." Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report PCS-TR98-343, December 1998.
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