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Service discovery is the automatic detection of devices and services offered by these devices on a computer network. A service discovery protocol (SDP) is a network protocol that helps accomplish service discovery. Service discovery aims to reduce the configuration efforts from users.

Service discovery requires a common language to allow software agents to make use of one another's services without the need for continuous user intervention.[1]


There are many service discovery protocols, including:

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  1. ^ Berners-Lee, Tim (2001-05-01). "The Semantic Web". Scientific American. Retrieved 2008-03-13.

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