Distributed processing, also known as distributed computing, is defined as using a network of computers to perform specific tasks with one main computer used for more complicated tasks.
An example of distributed processing is a peer-to-peer network.
The first term used to describe the distribution of multiple computers throughout an organization in contrast to a centralized system. It started with the first minicomputers. Today, distributed processing is called "distributed computing." See also client/server.
A system consisting of a network of microcomputers performing certain functions and linked with a main computer used for more complex tasks.