The Profile Naming Service


Profile is a <italic>descriptive</italic> naming service used to identify users and organizations. This paper presents a structural overview of Profile's three major components: a confederation of <italic>attribute-based</italic> name servers, a name space abstraction that unifies the name servers, and a user interface that integrates the name space with existing naming systems. Each name server is an independent authority that allows clients to describe users and organizations with a multiplicity of attributes; the name space abstraction is a client program that implements a discipline for searching a sequence of name servers; and the interface provides a tool with which users build customized commands. Experience with an implementation in the DARPA/NSF Internet demonstrates that Profile is a feasible and effective mechanism for naming users and organizations in a large internet.

DOI: 10.1145/48012.48013

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@article{Peterson1988ThePN, title={The Profile Naming Service}, author={Larry L. Peterson}, journal={ACM Trans. Comput. Syst.}, year={1988}, volume={6}, pages={341-364} }