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User-Relative Names for Globally Connected Personal Devices

Bryan Ford, Jacob Strauss, Chris Lesniewski-Laas, Sean Rhea, Frans Kaashoek, and Robert Morris
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems
February 27-28, 2006


The User Information Architecture, or UIA, is a peer-to-peer connectivity architecture that provides users a simple, intuitive, and secure way to share information and services between personal devices by assigning ad hoc names that act like “virtual cables.” Users assign names by “introducing” devices to each other on a common network. Unlike the ephemeral names used in rendezvous schemes such as Apple Bonjour, however, UIA names persist and remain securely bound to the global cryptographic identities of their targets as devices migrate.

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Topics: Networks Identity Security Peer-to-Peer Routing Bryan Ford