NSDI '04 Abstract
Pp. 225238 of the Proceedings
Untangling the Web from DNS
Michael Walfish and Hari Balakrishnan, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Scott Shenker, ICSI
The Web relies on the Domain Name System (DNS) to
resolve the hostname portion of URLs into IP addresses.
This marriage-of-convenience enabled the Web's meteoric
rise, but the resulting entanglement is now hindering
both infrastructuresthe Web is overly constrained
by the limitations of DNS, and DNS is unduly burdened
by the demands of the Web. There has been much commentary
on this sad state-of-affairs, but dissolving the illfated
union between DNS and the Web requires a new
way to resolve Web references. To this end, this paper describes
the design and implementation of Semantic Free
Referencing (SFR), a reference resolution infrastructure
based on distributed hash tables (DHTs).
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