The JavaStation network computer is a new type of computing device that provides application processing power but does not store software or data. The JavaStation computer relies on servers throughout the network for its boot information and software. The JavaStation environment is composed of several JavaStation clients and the server(s) that administer them. This figure shows a simple network configuration in which all the services required by JavaStation computers reside on a single server.
Internet or intranet
Sun server with home directories, boot, NIS, DNS, web, and DHCP services
The JavaStation computer's uniquely open software platform enables it to replace existing stateless devices, such as dumb terminals, and to bring high-performance computing to environments where it was not used before.
This chapter gives an overview of setting up a JavaStation network, addressing the following key topics:
JavaOS Operating System - The compact, efficient operating system that drives JavaStation computers.
JavaStation Hardware - Sun's two JavaStation hardware models, which offer scalability of memory, processing power, and device access.
Network Services - The network services required to administer JavaStation computers.