Report Number: CS-TR-85-1086
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: Towards a universal directory service
Author: Lantz, Keith A.
Author: Edighoffer, Judy L.
Author: Hitson, Bruce L.
Date: August 1985
Abstract: Directory services and name servers have been discussed and
implemented for a number of distributed systems. Most have
been tightly interwoven with the particular distributed
systems of which they are a part; a few are more general in
nature. In this paper we survey recent work in this area and
discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a number of
approaches. From this, we are able to extract some
fundamental requirements of a naming system capable of
handling a wide variety of object types in a heterogeneous
environment. We outline how these requirements can be met in
a universai directory service.