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Andrew File System (AFS)

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Andrew File System (AFS) - definition(s)

Andrew file system (AFS) - An Andrew file system (AFS) is a location-independent file system that uses a local cache to reduce the workload and increase the performance of a distributed computing environment. A first request for data to a server from a workstation is satisfied by the server and placed in a local cache. A second request for the same data is satisfied from the local cache.

The Andrew file system was developed at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Related glossary terms: hard disk, magnetoresistive head technology, yottabyte, byte, partition, InfiniBand, failover, RAMAC (random access method of accounting and control), Fibre Channel

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