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Uniform Name Service for Spring's UNIX Environment

Michael N. Nelson
Sanjay R. Radia

Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA


The Spring operating system provides a uniform name service that can be used to associate any name with any object independent of the type of object, and allows arbitrary name spaces to be created and used as first-class objects. We have used this name service to unify the many UNIX" name spaces. Objects that on UNIX systems are typically stored in separate name spaces are all accessible via a single uniform name service in Spring. In addition, it is easy to add new Spring objects that are not currently available in UNIX systems without modifying the underlying name service.

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