In computer networks, location transparency is the use of logical names 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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