Names and objects in heterogeneous computer networks

  • Louis Pouzin
Computer Architecture And Computer Systems Structure
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 44)


Heterogeneous computers do not use compatible conventions for accessing resources. The problem faced by networks of that type is to introduce a level of commonality without disrupting existing operating systems and services. To that effect, several naming schemes may be considered. The most appropriate is a mapping of local system names into a global C-names space. This provides for a user tailored visibility of network resources.

Basic objects involved in network communication are liaisons, i.e. bridging mechanisms between objects in heterogeneous systems. Virtual terminals are more sophisticated tools for handling terminal oriented data structures. Several techniques may be used to name these objects. A simple and general one uses a pair of C-names.

Other aspects of name management include the use of short names within areas, and the decoupling of names from physical resources. It is shown how reliability and resource management are directly affected by the choice of a proper naming scheme. The CYCLADES name structure is summarized as an application of the concepts presented.


Network Resource Local Resource Implementation Purpose Allocation Method Naming Scheme 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis Pouzin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Recherche en Informatique et AutomatiqueRocquencourtFrance

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