|Configuring Authentication and Authorization / User Names in Authentication and Authorization|
User names within the GemFire XD system are known as authorization identifiers. The authorization identifier is a string that represents the name of the user, if one was provided in the connection request.
For example, the built-in function CURRENT_USER returns the authorization identifier for the current user.
Once the authorization identifier is passed to the GemFire XD system, it becomes an SQL92Identifier. A SQL92Identifier is a kind of identifier that represents a database object such as a table or column. These identifiers are case-insensitive (they are converted to all caps) unless delimited with double quotes, are limited to 128 characters, and have other limitations.
User names must be valid authorization identifiers even if user authentication is turned off, and even if all users are allowed access to all databases.
For more information about SQL92Identifiers, see Standard SQL Identifiers.