A type of computer utilized for engineering
applications (CAD/CAM), desktop publishing,
software development, and other types of
applications that need a moderate amount
of computing power and relatively high
quality graphics capabilities. Workstations
generally come with a large, high-resolution
graphics screen, at least 64 MB (megabytes)
of RAM, built-in network support, and a
graphical user interface. Most workstations
also have a mass storage device such as a disk
drive, but a special type of workstation,
called a diskless workstation, comes without
a disk drive. The most prevalent operating
systems for workstations are UNIX and Windows NT.
In terms of computing power, workstations lie
between personal computers and minicomputers,
although the line is fuzzy on both ends.
High-end personal computers are equivalent
to low-end workstations. And high-end workstations
are equivalent to minicomputers.
Like personal computers, most workstations are
single-user computers. Nonetheless, workstations are
typically linked together to form a local-area network,
although they can also be utilized as stand-alone systems.
In networking, workstation refers to any
computer connected to a local-area network.
It could be a workstation or a personal computer.
Workstation also is spelled work station or work-station.
A computer terminal or microcomputer connected
to a mainframe, minicomputer, or data-processing
A powerful microcomputer, often with a high-resolution
display, utilized for computer-aided design, electronic
publishing, or other graphics-intensive processing.
A sophisticated standalone computer used for a specific
aim, such as imaging.
A desktop digital computer that is conventionally
regarded to be more powerful than a microcomputer
A general-purpose computer designed to be utilized by one
person at a time and which gives higher performance
than normally found in a personal computer, especially
with respect to graphics, processing power and the
ability to execute several tasks at the same time.