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Named Entity Current State Descriptor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036159D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Barker, BA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

In a data processing environment, different types of entities are available for use by an end user, such as an application program, a data stream process, a printer device, a host, a server, or an operator at a display terminal. Typically, these entities are referenced by name. In order to insure that name references are resolved accurately, end users are required to specify a unique name for an entity. The possibility of name conflicts exists when resources are distributed to different nodes in multiple networks to be used by various end users. Unless naming conventions exist that are applicable to all end users, the unique name requirement quickly becomes totally unmanageable.

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Named Entity Current State Descriptor

In a data processing environment, different types of entities are available for use by an end user, such as an application program, a data stream process, a printer device, a host, a server, or an operator at a display terminal. Typically, these entities are referenced by name. In order to insure that name references are resolved accurately, end users are required to specify a unique name for an entity. The possibility of name conflicts exists when resources are distributed to different nodes in multiple networks to be used by various end users. Unless naming conventions exist that are applicable to all end users, the unique name requirement quickly becomes totally unmanageable.

A solution to this problem is to provide a Fully Qualified Name (FQN) Attribute parameter that can be used to create a current state descriptor to be used in the qualification of entities named or referenced by an end user. The occurrence of this parameter either adds or replaces an attribute in the description of the named entity managed by the end user process. Attributes that can be specified with this parameter include object timestamp for indicating creation, revision or expiration dates, time interval for indicating "duration" of years, months, weeks, and the like, object location for identifying the location of a referenced entity, origin for indicating the originating end user, and name comparison indicator to assist end users in the comparison of multiple name...