The root nameservers will be replaced August 1st

Michael Dillon michael at
Wed Jul 17 04:18:10 UTC 1996

On Tue, 16 Jul 1996, Alan Hannan wrote:

>   Michael, et. al.
> ] If the information in the following message means what I think it means in
> ] then somebody is colocating an entire new set of root nameservers at
> ] exchange points within the USA if not internationally.
> ] 
> ] Can they do this? Or are they bluffing?

>   Of course they can do that.  And I can start queuing data at my
>   router to send all tcp packets w/ 1000 bytes, and set the priority
>   bit.  I can also send a constant 1M ping stream to every ISP's web
>   server, and I can finger every machine every 5 minutes to see if

If you did that they would boot you and your equipment out of the XP's
co-lo site so fast you wouldn't know what hit you. That's before the
lawyers go to work on you.

>   Perhaps I missed the intent of your letter.  Are you implying
>   that an official body is making a change in policy such that a new
>   hw/sw system is used and their geographic points change from
>   pseudo random placement, to NAP/IXP placement?

I'm saying that an unofficial body appears to be implementing a system of
alternative root nameservers at exchange points. This is what they claim.
I want to know if this could be true, i.e. would an XP allow that sort of
colo server for starters. This has nothing to do with the official root
nameservers whatsoever except that this group wants people to use their
root servers rather than the official ones.

I also want to know if this placement of servers would have any impact on
network operations. Since this list is filled with the people who run
XP's and who colocate at XP's and who understand what's going on, I asked
this question here.

Michael Dillon                   -               ISP & Internet Consulting
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