Topic: group names

topic root > Group: naming

electronic mail
binding of names to objects
broadcasting information
data as a named set of data objects
distributed algorithms
hierarchical naming
discussion groups, mail conversations, and teleconferencing
distributed algorithms
name server or name directory
name of a relationship
security by access rights

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A group name denotes a set of entities. It is used for broadcast, security, workflow, and identity. It can refer to individuals, groups, or a set of replicated objects.

Groups do not need explicit names. A thread is a group of messages with the same subject. A range is a subset of ordered objects. A process may be an index into a group of processes.

A group can have properties like an individual. But it is better to authenticate individuals instead of authenticating the group. (cbb 12/00)

Subtopic: group of entities up

Quote: a group name denotes a set of entities while an individual or specific name denotes a single entity [hauzBM10_1986]
Quote: a distributed system needs to deal with groups of entities as well as individual ones [cherDR3_1988]
Quote: Improv items can be collected into a group and used as a range; ranges can also be itemA..itemB [yageT10_1990]
Quote: ways to designate an object: name, address, content, owner, class, group, path, relationship [watsRW_1981]

Subtopic: group for security up

Quote: a threshold subject in an SPKI certificate requires multiple principals to sign a request; a dummy subject defines the threshold [elieJE5_1998]
Quote: group and membership certificates can simplify certificate maintenance by an issuer; the issuer of the second certificate is a proper prefix of the first certificate [elieJE5_1998]
Quote: group membership can act as credentials, licenses, or paper certificates; e.g., the DMV may issue a signed certificate that a principal is a member of adult-drivers-1996 [riveRL4_1996]
Quote: a SDSI group is a set, typically of principals; the name is local to some principal, who owns the group; a group is defined by listing the names of its members [riveRL4_1996]
Quote: user group icons contain individual users or other groups; for distribution and access control [smitDC_1982]
Quote: an Andrew protection domain is a user or a group of users with an owner; owner prefixed to group name [satyM8_1989]
Quote: Andrew uses unique ids for users and groups; never reassigned since used in many tables; user and group names are easily changed [satyM8_1989]

Subtopic: group for security -- avoid? up

Quote: avoid using a single entry in a protection domain to stand for a group of users; limited accountability [satyM8_1989]

Subtopic: group for broadcast up

Quote: many objects can share the same name, e.g., for broadcast and conferencing within a group [watsRW_1981]
Quote: each object directory is in a name handling process group; responds to multicasts of its name prefix (also cached) [cherDR3_1988]
Quote: allow a process to belong to several different process groups [wilsGV_1995]
Quote: use process groups for procedural message-passing systems; labeled by process name and numeric index [wilsGV_1995]
Quote: a Clearinghouse group is a set of names (a property type) [oppeDC7_1983]
Quote: Grapevine's registration data base maps names to individual or group information [birrAD4_1982]

Subtopic: group for collection up

Quote: USENET has a 'reference' header for grouping messages into conversations [hortMR10_1986]

Subtopic: replicated objects up

Quote: naming should support replicated objects [watsRW_1981]

Related up

Group: electronic mail
Topic: authentication
Topic: binding of names to objects
Topic: broadcasting information
Topic: data as a named set of data objects
Topic: distributed algorithms
Topic: hierarchical naming
Topic: discussion groups, mail conversations, and teleconferencing
Topic: distributed algorithms
Topic: name server or name directory
Topic: name of a relationship
Topic: roles
Topic: security by access rights
Group: sets

Subtopics up

group for broadcast
group for collection
group for security
group for security -- avoid?
group of entities
replicated objects

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