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Definition: decentralized processing


Computer processing in a company that takes place in different locations. The terms decentralized processing, "decentralized computing" and "distributed processing" are used synonymously. Contrast with centralized processing. See distributed processing.

Old vs. New Meanings
Decentralized processing implies that each location may be doing the same processing but on data coming from different sources. In contrast, the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) and crypto is very different. Each node in a DeFi network is generally processing the same data or nearly the same data. See DeFi, blockchain, decentralized storage and crypto glossary.