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Yet Another Tag Synonym Discussion: or ? The Wikipedia article is called distributed computing, but distributed systems are the object of study. I feel like a question is about distributed systems, and belongs to the field called distributed computing — so the tag should be distributed systems.

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  • $\begingroup$ +1, and I agree with everything you said, except possibly the conclusion... I have a mild preference for distributed computing, for no really great reason. I suppose keeping the computing version would at least be consistent (from the point of view of style) with the parallel-computing tag. $\endgroup$ – Patrick87 May 1 '12 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ YATSD is not very informative. $\endgroup$ – Dave Clarke May 2 '12 at 10:45
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I would not worry too much about this. A merger in either direction should be fine.

Conferences in the field use all possible variants: "distributed computing", "distributed systems", "distributed processing", "distributed computing systems", etc.

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