(DCE) An architecture based on standard programming interfaces, conventions & server functionalities used for distributing applications transparently across networks. The DCE is controlled & promoted by the Open Software Foundation (OSF) a consortium of vendors including DEC, IBM and Hewlett Packard.
An OSF initiative to create a vendor-neutral networking and distributed computing environment to support distributed applications, by integrating the appropriate technology or combination of technologies into a single environment.
The Open Software Foundations specification for a set of integrated services, including remote procedure calls, distributed file systems, and security services. The OSF-DCE RPC standard is the basis for Microsoft RPC.