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       Title     : Managing the X.500 Root Naming Context                  
       Author(s) : D. Chadwick
       Filename  : draft-ietf-ids-root-naming-01.txt
       Pages     : 14
       Date      : 09/23/1996

The X.500 Standard [X.500 93] has the concept of first level DSAs, whose 
administrators must collectively manage the root naming context through 
bi-lateral agreements or other private means which are outside the scope of
the Standard.    

The NameFLOW-Paradise X.500 service has an established 
procedure for managing the root naming context, which currently uses Quipu 
proprietary replication mechanisms and a root DSA. The benefits that derive
from this are twofold:  

 - firstly it is much easier to co-ordinate the management of the root 
   context information, when there is a central point of administration,    

 - secondly the performance of one-level Search operations is greatly 
   improved because the Quipu distribution and replication mechanism 
   does not have a restriction that exists in the 1988 and 1993 Standard.    

The NameFLOW-Paradise project is moving towards 1993 ISO Standard 
replication protocols and wants to standardise the protocol 
and procedure for managing the root naming context which will be based on 
1993 Standard protocols. Such a protocol and procedure will be useful to 
private X.500 domains as well as to the Internet X.500 public domain. 
It is imperative that overall system performance is not degraded 
by this transition.       

This document describes the use of 1993 ISO Standard protocols for
managing the root context. Whilst the ASN.1 is compatible with
that of the Standard, the actual settings of the parameters are
supplementary to that of the Standard.

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