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