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Active Names: Programmable Location and Transport of Wide-Area Resources

Amin Vahdat (UCB), Tom Anderson (UW), Mike Dahlin (UT Austin)

One-line summary: Late binding of names by executing service-specific nameservers in a controlled environment. Addresses some of the thorny naming problems associated with replication/mirroring, transformation, alternates, customized/cookie-ized pages, etc.

Overview/Main Points


Addresses various name-related problems such as cooki-ized or customized pages, transforms, alternates, etc. On the other hand, eliminates some of the self-describing properties of current names (hostname encapsulation, etc.)


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