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Remote Procedure Call
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networking, programming (RPC) A protocol which allows a
program running on one host to cause code to be executed on
another host without the programmer needing to explicitly code
for this. RPC is an easy and popular paradigm for
implementing the client-server model of distributedcomputing. An RPC is initiated by the caller (client)
sending request message to a remote system (the server) to
execute a certain procedure using arguments supplied. A
result message is returned to the caller. There are many
variations and subtleties in various implementations,
resulting in a variety of different (incompatible) RPC