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NIST Network Common Memory User Manual



Don E. Libes


This manual describes how to use the NIST Network Common Memory Systems (CMS), version 7. The CMS provides a common memory that may be shared among processes distributed across a local area network. Unlike other shared memory systems, CMS accesses variables by name rather than by address. These and other features make the systems more comparable to a primitive distributed database than a shared memory systems. CMS currently runs on Berkley UNIX systems but can be supported on any POSIX-like systems which provides a stream protocol at the transport layer. Interfaces exist for usage from C and Franz Lisp.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4233
Report Number


CMS, LAN, local area network, programs, systems


Libes, D. (1990), NIST Network Common Memory User Manual, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created October 1, 1990, Updated October 16, 2008