Named Entity Current State Descriptor
Original Publication Date: 1989-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
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.