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Ok so i'm having research problems for my work, I need to find out what is unique about a desktop system over these three:

Distributed Systems
Real-time Systems
Multiprocessor Systems

Like, what does a desktop system do that these three cant? What is unique about the desktop system?
I cant really seem to find anything online or in any book at the moment!

If any of you guys have any points then that would be handy, I only need a few points!
 

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Seems to me that a desktop system is more flexible in its tasks. People like us have desktops systems, where in we can have multiple tasks, multiple programs, change operational timings and etc etc. A desktop is infinite in it's possibilities to change performance, timing, appearance, load and other such things a computer might be beneficial for.

A distributed system, if I am reading this right, is only designed to work on a certain or set task. A network of PC's working on one load, but individually doing something to accomplish that load/goal, and only within that goal. So there goes flexibility and versatility out the window on this system.

Real time also seems liek it has a set goal, but it wasn't actually clarified. But, as it says in link, it has to have a load no matter what, with time constraints. It is deemed a failure if load is not reached within a certain time. Imagine your PC on overdrive all the time at any task. Maybe peak performance, but also maybe critical failure.

All very interesting tho.....hope my insight helped.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real-time_systems
 
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Forgot about multiprocessor....according to this, having multiple cores on one die or chip is multiprocessing, therefore making it the coolest (wink wink) and probably the most common nowadays. However also sounds like it could be some kine of server in which case is also self explanatory and common knowledge kinda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiprocessing
 
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Thanks a lot, they did help.
Well, 1000 words down, 3000 to go (got to be handed in within 17hrs)
 

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WOW, 2000 words, good luck and hope you get the A
 
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