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address resolution

[′ad·res ‚rez·ə‚lü·shən]
(computer science)
The process of obtaining the actual machine address needed to perform an operation.
The process by which the address used to identify a workstation on a local-area network is translated to an address that can be handled on the Internet.

address resolution

(networking)
Conversion of an Internet address into the corresponding physical address (Ethernet address). This is usually done using Address Resolution Protocol.

The resolver is a library routine and a set of processes which converts hostnames into Internet addresses, though this process in not usually referred to as resolution. See DNS.

address resolution

Acquiring a physical address. When a computer executes instructions, it requires a physical memory, storage or network node address to reference the actual hardware. For ease of recognition, names are often initially used to identify such objects, but have to be substituted with the "real" machine addresses in order to perform the actual operation. Machine addresses are derived using table lookups and algorithms. The terms "address resolution" and "name resolution" are synonymous.

Name to IP to Ethernet
In a TCP/IP network, there are two address resolutions. The first is the conversion from a domain and hostname into an IP address (see DNS). The second is from the IP address to the Ethernet address (see ARP). See ARP, resolve, name resolution and DNS.
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If an intermediate router holds an AMT entry for the destination host, it executes address resolution and forwards the packet.
MS04-045: This vulnerability potentially causes service failures or executions of arbitrary code with the Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS), which provides address resolution for NetBIOS systems running in an Internet Protocol (IP) environment.
A user sends a multimedia message to the originator's MMS Center (MMSC), which performs address resolution and sends the message.
Furthermore, on a blocked Ethernet interface, Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) times out after a default time of four hours, and no inbound or outbound traffic can be processed, including both IP and non-IP traffic such as IPX.
Like CounterPoint, the Wholepoint technology leverages Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) communications to protect networks in a way that does not require endpoint agents, signatures or in-line deployment.