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There is a unique 32-bit integer called MetaIndex associated with each software entity contributing to the server, such as functions, structures, or individual structure elements. The overall index is constructed by concatenating subindices along the M-tree path which allows for fast encoding/decoding between the binary (MetaIndex-based) and ASCII (pathname-based) addressing modes for the server code entities. Since the MovieScript itself can be viewed structurally as a subset of M-tree, one can construct a compact binary network protocol equivalent to the ASCII representation of the MovieScript code and more suitable for the high-speed communication purposes.

Guy Robinson
Wed Mar 1 10:19:35 EST 1995