If we consider context of computing, what is the opposite of distributed? Is it single or combined ? What is the opposite of "distributed system"?

  • 13
    This question would be improved with more context. Can you provide an example of a sentence where you would like to use this word? – Kit Z. Fox Aug 8 '11 at 12:45
  • 2
    -1 for lack of context. For all I know, OP could be asking about disaster relief agencies' stockpiles which have not yet been distributed to the people in need of them. – FumbleFingers Aug 8 '11 at 16:45
  • 3
    The opposite of git is subversion – Matt E. Эллен Aug 8 '11 at 19:28
  • After 24 hours with no clarification from OP about the context, I'm voting to close as "not constructive". – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '11 at 21:15
  • At the systems level, the opposite of 'distributed' is 'integrated'. The recent edit of the question title from "opposite" to "antonym" muddies the water a bit, there being several types of antonyms. At the systems level, candidates for "antonym" include 'integrated', 'pooled' and 'converged'. – JEL May 28 '16 at 3:29

In the context of databases and software applications in general, the antonym of distributed is centralized.

|improve this answer|||||
  • I agree - this is a better (or at least, more generically applicable) answer than mine – SteveM Aug 8 '11 at 14:10
  • 1
    I have to disagree here. In CS terms, Distributed is generally used to mean across > 1 machines or files. Centralized is used to mean within the same organization, building or locality (Decentralized being opposite). As you can see here, a system (software, DB, hardware, etc) can be distributed and centralized at the same time. Source: I'm a CS Graduate that studied distributed systems for my Masters Thesis. – Joshua Kissoon Sep 8 '15 at 14:41

Probably depends on the precise situation, but for written technical use I would go with "co-located". "Distributed" implies different things in different locations, where "co-located" implies different things in the same location. Both of your suggestions actually suggest only a single thing (in one way or another)

|improve this answer|||||

Concentrated is an antonym for 'distributed' from its connotation of 'spread out'.

|improve this answer|||||

Or perhaps an appropriate word is "localized."

|improve this answer|||||

Some distributed computing frameworks [1] also use the term single node setup. This would match a context where distributed mainly refers to the fact that computation runs across multiple compute nodes. In this context, something like local computation might be appropriate as well.

[1] https://community.hortonworks.com/questions/203614/-what-is-cluster-single-node-cluster-and-node.html

|improve this answer|||||

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.