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A Process for Authorized Service Discovery in Distributed Computing Environments Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014232D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Disclosed is a process for authorized service discovery in distributed computing environments. Typical distributed computing environments, such as Sun's JINI [1], IBM's TSpaces [2], the Salutation consortium's Salutation [3], the International Engineering Task Force's Service Location Protocol [4] and Microsoft's Universal Plug and Play [5], use a centralized service-discovery server to connect clients with network "service" providers (Fig. 1). The security enhancements in this disclosure allow service providers to enforce client authorization during service discovery, thus enabling privacy for the service providers. Finally, these security enhancements are applicable to the new paradigm of decentralized distributed computing, such as BlueTooth, where there is no centralized service-discovery server. Figure 1: Traditional Service Discovery Traditional Service Discovery Lookup service server