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Today, latency is the main limiting factor for distributed systems over the Internet. WANs and wireless networks have achieved high throughput, but limitations on the speed of light put a strict boundary on latency. New protocols have to be deployed in order to reduce the effects of latency. At the same time, legacy systems and applications designed for the original protocols should continue working as transparently as possible, with minimal or no changes. The present work is centered on network file system protocols used both to control devices and access data files.
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