Resource sharing allows network users to share physical (e.g., printer or CPU) and logical (e.g., data files or software) resources
Client-server model supports some network nodes as services (servers) and other nodes as users (clients) of those services. Client programs typically run on user's computer, sending requests to server programs on remote computer. This minimizes costs, replication, etc.
The most popular use of networks is e-mail, to communicate - not among computers, but among people! E-mail is fast, convenient, inexpensive, asynchronous, distance-independent...
Other forms of inter-personal communication via networks are bulletin boards, news groups, and chat rooms.
E-commerce is a rapidly growing application to support paperless exchange of products, information, and services
Other Network Applications - FTP, telnet, WWW browers, an ATM system
Last Updated 03/22/2000
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