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Re: external issues in dns scalability (1995) (was Re: Namespaces)

  • From: William Allen Simpson
  • Date: Thu Mar 08 11:56:34 2001


Paul Vixie wrote:
> (Vadim Antonov) writes:
> > Just stop issuing alhpanumeric domain names and use numerals only.
> In 1995, Brian Kahin invited a bunch of folks to come to DC and talk about
> DNS ("a policy wonk's dream").  Not understanding that the whole thing was
> a sham, I wrote a paper and presented it.  The audience (hi Vint!) reacted
> in stunned silence, and probably had a good laugh about it later at the bar.
The papers bring back memories.  Good and bad.

Even Postel submitted a draft proposal to use .0 to .9 and .a to .z.

Not a bad idea.

> All I can really say is: "I told y'all so."  Vadim, thanks for reminding me
> that there was a time when these problems were still soluble.

Wait, wait.  Some of the operational ideas in your paper have been 

The root servers were split from the TLD servers.

There are multiple registrars.

How close are we to having signed root delegations?

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