B - Definitions

  • B


    Front-end and back-end are terms used to characterize program interfaces and services relative to the initial user of these interfaces and services.

  • baffle (data center hot aisle containment)

    Baffle paneling covers unwanted space between racks, under the raised floor and above dropped ceilings in the data center, reducing energy consumption and power use.

  • BAL (Basic Assembler Language or branch-and-link)

    BAL (Basic Assembler Language) is a version of IBM's assembler language (sometimes called assembly language) for its System/360 and System/370 mainframe operating systems.

  • bash (Bourne Again Shell)

    Bash (Bourne Again Shell ) is the free version of the Bourne shell distributed with Linux and GNU operating systems.

  • Basic Assembler Language (BAL)

    BAL (Basic Assembler Language) is a version of IBM's assembler language (sometimes called assembly language) for its System/360 and System/370 mainframe operating system.

  • batch

    In a computer, a batch job is a program that is assigned to the computer to run without further user interaction.

  • Beowulf

    Beowulf is an approach to building a supercomputer as a cluster of commodity off-the-shelf personal computers, interconnected with a local area network technology like Ethernet, and running programs written for parallel processing.

  • blade server

    A blade server is a thin, modular electronic circuit board containing one, two, or more microprocessors and memory, that is intended for a single, dedicated application (such as serving Web pages) and that can be easily inserted into a space-saving rack with many similar servers. (Continued...)

  • Bloom Energy Server (Bloom box)

    A Bloom Box, officially known as an Bloom Energy Server, is a modular stack of solid oxide fuel cells that can produce electricity.

  • bogomips

    Bogomips is a measurement provided in the Linux operating system that indicates in a relative way how fast the computer processor runs.

  • boot loader (boot manager)

    A boot loader, also called a boot manager, is a small program that places the operating system (OS) of a computer into memory...

  • Bourne shell

    The Bourne shell is the original UNIX shell (command execution program, often called a command interpreter) that was developed at AT&T. Named for its developer, Stephen Bourne, the Bourne shell is also known by its program name, "sh". The shell prompt (character displayed to indicate readiness for input) used is the "$" symbol. The Bourne shell family includes the Bourne, Korn shell, bash, and zsh shells.

  • brick server

    A brick server is a compact computer server module without a chassis that can come in various processor, RAM, I/O, and storage configurations and is designed to fit into rack locations similar to those for blade servers.

  • brownfield (brownfield deployment, brownfield site)

    A brownfield deployment, in information technology, is the installation and configuration of new hardware or software that must coexist with legacy IT systems.

  • BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution)

    BSD (originally: Berkeley Software Distribution) refers to the particular version of the UNIX operating system that was developed at and distributed from the University of California at Berkeley.