Efficiency, Reliability, and Other Name Resolution Considerations

As described in the previous section, the primary function of name resolution is allowing humans to identify devices using names, then converting these names into numbers so that computers can use the numbers instead. This basic task is conceptually quite simple, but it can become quite complex in implementation. The reason for this is the key characteristic that makes name resolution so different from the other tasks performed by a name system: the frequency with which it is done.

Name registration is seldom done, but name resolution is done very often. If you consider a large internetwork with thousands of users running various applications, millions of names must be resolved every ...

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