Design, the way components fit together. The term is used particularly of processors, both individual and in general. "The ARM has a really clean architecture". It may also be used of any complex system, e.g. "software architecture", "network architecture".

Last updated: 1995-05-02

Architecture Neutral Distribution Format

<programming, operating system>

(ANDF) An emerging OSF standard for software distribution. Programs are compiled into ANDF before distribution and executables are produced from it for the local target system. This allows software to be developed and distributed in a single version then installed on a variety of hardware.

See also UNCOL.

["Architecture Neutral Distribution Format: A White Paper", Open Software Foundation, Nov 1990].

Last updated: 1995-10-20

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