Short for Switched Multimegabit Data Services, a high-speed switched data communications service offered by telephone companies that enable organizations to connect geographically separate local-area networks (LANs) into a single wide-area network (WAN). Prior to SMDS’s arrival in 1995, the only way to connect LANs was through a dedicated private line. This is still the way most WANs are connected, but SMDS is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative because it is more flexible and in many cases more economical.
Short for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language, a new markup language being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) that would enable Web developers to divide multimedia content into separate files and streams (audio, video, text, and images), send them to a user’s computer individually, and then have them displayed together as if they were […]
(pronounced as separate letters) Short for Storage Management Initiative Specification, an interface standard that enables interoperability in both hardware and software between storage products from different vendors that an enterprise would use in a SAN environment. The interface provides common protocols and data models that storage product vendors can use to ensure end user manageability […]
- Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP)
(1) Short for Symmetric Multiprocessing, a computer architecture that provides fast performance by making multiple CPUs available to complete individual processes simultaneously (multiprocessing). Unlike asymmetrical processing, any idle processor can be assigned any task, and additional CPUs can be added to improve performance and handle increased loads. A variety of specialized operating systems and hardware […]
Short for The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, SMPTE is an international standards organization for the the motion imaging field. SMPTE publishes ANSI-approved Standards, Recommended Practices, and Engineering Guidelines, along with the SMPTE Journal and its peer-reviewed technical papers. SMPTE members include engineers, technical directors, cameramen, editors, technicians, manufacturers, designers, educators, consultants and […]
- Systems Management Server (SMS)
(1) Short for Systems Management Server, a set of tools from Microsoft that assists in managing PCs connected to a local-area network (LAN). SMS enables a network administrator to create an inventory of all the hardware and software on the network and to store it in an SMS database. Using this database, SMS can then […]