What is a Client-Server Network?

  • A client server network is one where a client machine requests for a specific service from a server and the server responds back with the requested service

A typical client server message interaction is given in the diagram below:

Typical message exchange in a client server network

  • Here, the client machines only have the capability to request service and do not have the capability to provide service.
  • Similarly, the server machine provides service to clients and does not request for any service from the client machines.
  • Examples of client-server networks: web browsing (clients request for specific web page content from web servers), news service broadcast (clients subscribe to news service from a news server).

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