The Profile Naming Service

Larry L. Peterson

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Profile is a descriptive naming service used to identify users and organizations. This paper presents a structural overview of Profile's three major components: a confederation of attribute-based name servers, a name space abstraction that unifies the name servers, and a user interface that integrates the name space with existing naming systems. Each name server is an independent authority that allows clients to describe users and organizations with a multiplicity of attributes; the name space abstraction is a client program that implements a discipline for searching a sequence of name servers; and the interface provides a tool with which users build customized commands. Experience with an implementation in the DARPA/NSF Internet demonstrates that Profile is a feasible and effective mechanism for naming users and organizations in a large internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-364
Number of pages24
JournalACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Attribute-based naming
  • white-pages service

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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