Uses technology from industry to provide an interoperable and flexible distributed environment that helps solve heterogeneous, networked environment problems. The DCE was developed and is maintained by the Open Systems Foundation (OSF). The OSF provides the source code on which all DCE products are based. The OSF-distributed computing environment was developed with the intent of forming a comprehensive software platform on which distributed applications could be built, executed, and maintained. Being a standard used in many distributed applications, the DCE protocols provide an interesting field of exploration for those in the Computer Underground. Carnegie Mellon University. Distributed Computing Environment: Software Technology Roadmap. [Online, 2004.] Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Website. http://www.sei.cmu.edu/str/descriptions/dce_body.html.