(1) Short for Remote Program Load, RPL occurs where an image is stored on a bootable floppy disk or hard disk that remote computers use to start the system (or system prompt). The client computers, often called diskless workstations do not need the floppy or hard drive to function on the network. Remote Program Load is also used to describe the booting of a computer where the operating system is obtained and loaded into its memory by another server on the network.
(2) Short for Requested Privilege Level, RPL refers to a level of privilege within the architecture of a computer system where the most privileged layer is usually zero. Ring 0 not only has the most privileges but also is the layer which directly accesses the system's hardware.
See also Understanding Hardware-Assisted Virtualization.
(3) Short for Recognized Prior Learning it is an industry acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge obtained through learning programs outside of a formal education system. E-learning and distance education programs may be considered types of RPL.