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Name Manager

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038645D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sachsenmaier, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a monitoring facility, termed "Name Manager", which operates to exert over-riding control over name adoption and name session access, in a distributed network environment. This facility may be either integrated into one of the computing or bridging nodes of the environmental network or attached to the network at a discretely separate node. The Name Manager monitors name checking communications (Image Omitted) pertaining to name adoption and session establishment, determines for each communication if a name specified in that communication is subject to restrictions, and either ignores or responds to the communication depending on its determination.

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Name Manager

This article describes a monitoring facility, termed "Name Manager", which operates to exert over-riding control over name adoption and name session access, in a distributed network environment. This facility may be either integrated into one of the computing or bridging nodes of the environmental network or attached to the network at a discretely separate node. The Name Manager monitors name checking communications

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pertaining to name adoption and session establishment, determines for each communication if a name specified in that communication is subject to restrictions, and either ignores or responds to the communication depending on its determination. One existing method of distributed control of alias name usage in networks enables computing stations in a network to adopt logical names without centralized translation and re-transmissions of related network communications. A further refinement of this method is the adaptation of the stations involved in the distributed name adoption process to permit selective adoption and tagging of names as either unique or

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non-unique, and selective responses by such stations to name checking communications originated by other stations as a function of the adopted tagging. The network environment provided by this arrangement represents an environment which can be augmented or improved by means of the system/method disclosed herein. Restrictions may pertain to adoption of the name or to session access to an entity designated by the name. They may restrict the nodes to which a specific name is available for adoption (e.g., to a select group of nodes) and/or restrict the nodes authorized to have access to an entity designated by an adopted name. In the present disclosure, the Name Manager's "conditional response" to a name-checking communication is in a form suitable for indicating to the checking system the availability or accessibility of the name being checked (availability, if the name is being considered for adoption, and accessibility if the name is being used to designate the called object/entity of a proposed session). Fig. 1 is a schematic illustration of a network environment showing a Name Manager station or...