Distributed System Concept

Afonso Antunes
1 min readMay 11, 2021

Hi people!!

Today, I will explain the Distributed Systems Concept, concretely:

  • What it is?
  • Some examples of the same
  • The features
  • Advantages and disadvantages of a Distributed System

What is a Distributed System?

In general, a Distributed System is a system with several components that is found on different machines so that it is connected through a data network and that presents itself as a single system for users.

Examples of Distributed System

In the current world, we find several examples of distributed systems, with special emphasis:

  • Telecommunication networks;
  • Network applications;
  • Online games;
  • Etc.

The key features of a Distributed System

  • Openess: In order for the systems to “talk” between then, it is very important that they are opened because only then will it be easier to extend them;
  • Concurrency: The presence of multiple users in a distributed system means that a certain resource can be accessed simultaneously;
  • Scalability: A distributed system should be indispensable so that new systems can be added in a simpler way, with very low costs and without any impact on the service;
  • Fault Tolerance: Any process or network can fail autonomously.

Advantages and disadvantages of a Distributed System


  • Efficiency;
  • Reliability;
  • Latency.


  • Security;
  • Complexity;
  • Overhead.

I hope you like it!! :)