Now, Odd Lot Networks Can Speak The Same Language

The big thrust in computers these days is toward client-server networking. It calls for splitting a large job that had run on a single mainframe into pieces that run on a group of specialized "client" and "server" computers--desktop PCs and more powerful machines that store and process data for those PC clients. But while such networks may save money on hardware, programmers can find it incredibly difficult to coordinate the different parts of a job running on separate computers to get them cooperating as intimately as if they were running on one machine. Momentum Software Corp. in Englewood, N. J., says its new X-ipc software solves part of this complex problem. Running on each computer in a network, it establishes a standard set of rules for programs to exchange information with almost no regard for the brand of machine on which they're running--and eliminating the need for programmers to address each machine individually. X-ipc also lets programs be moved from one machine to another with less reworking. Customers include American Airlines, FMC, and SoftSwitch.

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