DNS alternatives (was Re: Dan Kaminsky)

Mark Andrews marka at isc.org
Wed Aug 5 10:11:22 CDT 2009

In message <825C8AC7-C01E-4934-92FD-E7B9E8091A3A at arbor.net>, Roland Dobbins wri
> On Aug 5, 2009, at 9:32 PM, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > We might have an alternative one day, but it's going to happen by  
> > accident, through generalization of an internal naming service  
> > employed by a widely-used application.
> Or even more likely, IMHO, that more and more applications will have  
> their own naming services which will gradually reduce the perceived  
> need for a general-purpose system - i.e., the centrality of DNS won't  
> be subsumed into any single system (remember X.500?), but, rather, by  
> a multiplicity of systems.

Been there, done that, doesn't work well.  For all it's short comings
the DNS and the single namespace it brings is much better than
having a multitude of namespaces.  Yes I've had to work with a
multitude of namespaces and had to map between them.  Ugly.

> [Note that I'm not advocating this particular approach; I just think  
> it's the most likely scenario.]
> Compression/conflation of the transport stack will likely be both a  
> driver and an effect of this trend, over time.
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