Meaning of distributed data processing

distrib'uted da'ta proc"essing

Pronunciation: [key]
— Computers. Computers.
  1. a method of organizing data processing that uses a central computer in combination with smaller local computers or terminals, which communicate with the central computer and perhaps with one another. Also called
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