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Application server

An application server is a server computer in a computer network dedicated for running certain software applications.

This term is used wildly as a buzzword in the fields of:

  • Distributed computing - denoting a computer running some part of some distributed computation task
  • Software components - denoting a "component farm", i.e. a computer stuffed with software components ready to answer calls for usage
  • Web services - denoting a machine running applications which will answer to inteface calls over HTTP and XML

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