Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science
O'Connell, Marcus; Nixon, Patrick. 'JFS: A Secure Distributed File System for Network Computers'. - Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science, TCD-CS-1999-11, 1999, pp13
Computer Science Technical Report TCD-CS-1999-11
Network-centric computing aims to solve the problems associated with traditional client/server
systems, namely the high performance requirements, and costly maintenance of, the computing
resources. With the network-centric model, applications are stored on servers and downloaded to
clients as required, where they are then executed locally. User data is saved back to the remote server
- local user data is only temporary.
However these applications lack a standard file system where they can store their data files. For
instance, when these applications are run as Java applets in a web browser, they are prevented from
accessing the local storage system by the Java environment. This paper proposes the Java File System
(JFS), a distributed file system for use by these applications, which provides strong security and
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