In computer networks location transparency describes the concept of "logical" names being used to identify network resources, independent of both the user's location and the resource location. For example, files are accessed by a unique file name, but the actual data is stored in physical sectors scattered around a disk in either the local computer or in a network.
A distributed system will need to employ a networked scheme for naming resources.
Software using location transparency
These well-known software, or types of software, can or do use location transparency:
- Distributed file systems such as the Andrew File System.
- MythTV back-ends stream, and otherwise interact, with front-ends transparently to the user.
- GNOME virtual filesystem.
- KDE KIO.
Network protocols providing location transparency
- It is a standard feature of TIPC to address Port Names regardless of the network Node they were opened on.
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