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Title: The Shared Resource Concept Networking Decentralized Instrument Controllers
Author: Cohn D. Campbell
Source: 1986 Measurement Science Conference
Year Published: 1986
Abstract: Controlling multiple test stations scattered throughout the laboratory with a centralized minicomputer risks degredation of response time due to the single shared CPU. Using small computers at each test station optimizes reponse time at the expense of replicating peripherals at each station and of difficulties in electronically sharing information. Networking these small computers together provides an optimum hybrid configuration whereby the test station has a dedicated CPU to control the instrumentation and has access to shared peripherals and shared data files.