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Higher-level Naming

Machine addresses provide unique identifiers for interfaces within one machine, but a higher-level naming scheme is required for several reasons, for instance:

The important thing to realise is that these naming issues are completely orthogonal to the idea of a single address space, and so almost any existing name space scheme can be used. Our approach is currently based on a directed graph of contexts referred to with pathnames, together with a simplified version of the ANSA Trader's constraint language ([]). This allows us a lot of expressive power in the name space when we need it (and extends naturally to the distributed case), but in well-known contexts with few or no constraints name lookup can be extremely fast.

T. Roscoe