Recently there has been an increase in the development of technologies for resource discovery. This development is mainly because resources such as printers, mail boxes, memory space, and disk space are available in every network, ready to be used by any host. This has been caused, in part, by the growth in the popularity of portable devices such as laptops, PDAs , and cell phones which require configuration each time they attach to a new network segment. Since the configuration of such devices is tedious and sometimes complicated there have been some attempts in recent years to solve this problem, such as the DHCP approach.
This thesis focuses on the bandwidth analysis of two new approaches dealing with resource discovery: the Service Location Protocol (SLP) and Jini. This work is particularly important since communication among the devices is often wireless, where the bandwidth is a limited resource. This thesis is presenting equations for characterizing the usage of bandwidth consumed by SLP and Jini based on their specifications, experiments and previous work.