What is Distributed Computing? - Principles, Environments & Applications


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The Commissioners Office needs to prepare 162 game baseball schedules for the upcoming season. The work will be done on computers located in each teams headquarters. How will the commissioners office prepare these schedules ?

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1. What is the key conceptual difference between distributed and parallel computing?

2. Which of these is an example of a consumer application of distributed computing ?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Distributed computing allows computers to work together on a single task, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of how distributed computing works and its uses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Computer hardware
  • Uses of distributed computing
  • Distributed vs. parallel computing
  • Vocabulary terms

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related computer science lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as MMOG and quad-core processor
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding distributed computing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different computing systems

Additional Learning

To learn more about computer science, review the accompanying lesson What is Distributed Computing? Principles, Environments, and Applications. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the principles behind distributed computing
  • Understand how distributed computing works
  • Identify examples of distributed computing