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SLP
Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2005 

Short for Service Location Protocol (SLP) was originally an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards track protocol that provides a framework to allow networking applications to discover the existence, location, and configuration of networked services in enterprise networks. Traditionally, in order to locate services on the network, users of network applications have been required to supply the host name or network address of the machine that provides a desired service. SLP can eliminate the need for users to know the names of network hosts. With SLP, the user only needs to know the description of the service he is interested in. Based on this description, SLP is then able to return the URL of the desired service. [Source: An Introduction to SLP]

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An Introduction to the Service Location Protocol (SLP) 
"What Is Service Location Protocol?" A Whitepaper drafted by Caldera Systems, Inc.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 
Home page of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the protocol engineering and development arm of the Internet. Their page offers information about the organization, as well as links to working groups, topics, mailing lists, meetings, and proceedings.

OpenSLP Project
The OpenSLP project is an effort to develop an open-source implementation of Service Location Protocol suitable for commercial and non-commercial application.

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