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The InCommon Metadata Distribution Service facilitates secure and trusted exchange of critical organizational identity, service location/capability, and contact information among identity providers and service providers.

Find and retrieve metadata for identity providers and service providers in InCommon and R&E federations around the world using the InCommon Metadata Distribution Service.


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Working with the metadata service

Production environment

Technology Preview environment

Service Level Objectives

The production endpoints of this service are designed to meet the following requirements on a best-effort basis:

  • 99.9% availability
  • <= 200ms per request from clients on the Internet2 network
  • Metadata validity window of no less than 5 business days (metadata is valid for 14 days, but may be signed infrequently over extended holiday periods)
  • You can see the status of InCommon services on our status dashboard

It's worth noting that since launch, both the technology preview and production environments have had 100% availability.

Happenings

Want to see how adopting the MDQ metadata service affects your system's performance?

Here is an in-use memory graph at the moment a university switched to using MDQ in its production IDP servers:


Great results from a Service Provider:
"We were able to switch to using MDQ. The service restarts in 5 seconds now versus 15 minutes."

References

Find out the latest features and changes to the MDQ Service.

Other Federation topics 

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