Service discovery

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Service discovery is the process of automatically detecting devices and services on a computer network. It aims to reduce the manual configuration effort required from users and administrators. A service discovery protocol (SDP) is a network protocol that helps accomplish service discovery.

Service discovery requires a common language to allow software agents to make use of one another's services without the need for continuous user intervention.[1]


There are many service discovery protocols, including:

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  1. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (2001-05-01). "The Semantic Web". Scientific American. 284 (5): 34–43. Bibcode:2001SciAm.284e..34B. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0501-34. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  2. ^ Lim, Byong-In; Choy, Kee-Hyun; Shin, Dong-Ryeol (2005). Sunderam, V.S.; van Albada, G.D.; Sloot, P.M.A.; Dongarra, J. (eds.). An Architecture for Lightweight Service Discovery Protocol. International Conference on Computational Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 963–966. doi:10.1007/11428862_148. ISBN 978-3-540-32118-7.

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