A network architecture that distributes intelligence and responsibilities at several levels, with some machines designated as servers to serve the needs of client machines. A server can be a mainframe, minicomputer, or personal computer that operates in a time-sharing mode to provide for the needs of many clients. Client machines are complete, standalone computers that optimize the user interface, relying on servers to handle the more mundane tasks associated with application and file storage, network administration, security, and other critical functions. See also peer-to-peer.
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