CFP: TWIST 99: Internet-scale Namespaces

Rohit Khare (
Fri, 16 Jul 1999 11:23:52 +0200

Call for Participation TWIST'99

The Workshop on Internet-scale Software Technologies -- 1999

*** Internet-Scale Namespaces ***

August 19-20, 1999 Irvine, California, USA


Internet-scale namespace management has emerged as a crucial issue
in scaling software and network technologies to the numbers of
people, devices, and agents online. Every namespace, from MIME
type to stock symbol to domain name, represents a bundle of
political, economic, social, and technical decisions. Many
namespaces are bumping into new limits to growth: human-friendly
names for Web resources, the domain name service, public key
infrastructures (PKI), and ad-hoc federation of embedded computers
a la Jini, to name four. These are not merely limits of sheer
massiveness: the latest generation of commercial directory servers
claim to vend hundreds of millions of names with ease, as do
planetary-scale Web search engines.

We invite you and your colleagues to join us for The Workshop on
Internet-scale Software Technologies (TWIST'99), which this year
focuses on Internet-Scale Namespaces. This engaging two-day
workshop is being convened with the following goals in mind:

* Survey the diversity of namespaces already in use at
Internet scale.
* Identify the uniquely Internet-Scale issues of namespace
management, beyond sheer size scaling to include political,
economic, and technological limits.
* Discuss namespace management in the context of application domains,
with a particular emphasis on electronic commerce.
* Debate potential approaches for building self-organizing solutions
for domain naming, hierarchical public key infrastructure,
resource discovery, and device federation.

New challenges specific to Internet scale include:

* Control: who defines and manages the namespace.
* Mobility: how rapidly a name to address binding can change.
* Locality: the same name having different meaning for different
speakers depending on geographic, or other context.
* Interoperability: standard resolution protocols, and their mechanisms
for generating network effects.

Confirmed speakers at the workshop are:

* Mark Day -- Namespaces for Internet-scale Event Notification
Lotus Development
* Carl Ellison -- Namespaces in the Simple Public Key Infrastructure (SPKI)
Security Architect, Intel Labs (Portland)
* Roy Fielding -- Uniform Resource Identifiers
University of California, Irvine
* Michael Gorlick -- Location Awareness
The Aerospace Corporation
* Carl Hewitt -- Like Politics, All Naming is Local
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
* Rohit Khare -- Brief Survey of Internet-scale Namespaces
University of California, Irvine
* Larry Masinter -- A Common Name Resolution Protocol for the Web
Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
* Clifford Neuman -- Event Namespaces within Prospero
Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI)

TWIST'99 is being held on the campus of the University of California,
Irvine. For the advance program, lodging information, and instructions
on how to register, please consult the TWIST'99 web page, at

TWIST'99 is sponsored by the Irvine Research Unit in Software,