DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions 2016

About The DINR Workshop

DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions (DINR) will be a workshop to discuss the research landscape around DNS and Internet naming – what are the important problems and the tools you need to get there.

We will host this workshop at USC/ISI (4676 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey) on 2016-11-17 (the day after IMC). The format will be short talks and discussion. Abstracts were due October 5, 2016.

The DINR-2016 program is now on-line.

Co-Chair Affiliation
John Heidemann USC/ISI
David Dagon Georgia Tech
Mark Allman ICSI

Topics of Interest

We are interested in understanding new research opportunities and the role of research infrastructure around DNS and Internet naming.

Topics of interest:

  • DNS and Internet naming protocols: design, evolution, use
  • DNS and Internet naming infrastructure: software, systems, and the cloud
  • DNS and Internet naming research infrastructure: data collection, system evaluation, anonymization, etc.
  • network security involving DNS: resilience, DoS, integrity, DNSSEC
  • network measurement with DNS: tools and methods to collect, curate, and share; privacy challenges, collection policies; data sources
  • DNS analysis: new techniques and applications
  • new applications of DNS and Internet naming: DNS for applications (like blacklists), DANE, new uses

This workshop will not solve these questions, but our goal is to:

  • identify opportunities for collaboration among the participants
  • identify new questions of interest to researchers and operations
  • identify gaps in the tools and datasets needed to answer those questions
  • start discussion around these topics
  • create requirements for future research projects and infrastructure

Join Us: Submit a Short Abstract

If you’re interested in joining us, please submit a one-page abstract about what you want to talk about. By default we will make all abstracts available to workshop participants, but will keep abstracts private on request. Abstracts will be reviewed by the program chairs for topicality and to organize discussion. Submissions should be at least 9 point fonts on 8.5x11 inch paper.

For folks interested in attending but not presenting, please submit a short abstract so we know who you are. In the abstract, say you don’t want to present, but please use a sentence or two to indicating your interests in attending the workshop. We expect to give priority to presenters, but we welcome people interested in adding to the conversation even without a formal presentation slot.

Workshop Structure

Workshop format:

We are looking for an open workshop with discussion. We will strictly limit talks to 10 minutes

Workshop results:

The output of this workshop will be a short report to be published in the editorial section of ACM CCR.

Our hope is to grow the community of researchers, and to help identify new directions and needs to research supporters (such as NSF and DHS).

The results of this workshop will also drive some requirements for our DNS Research Testbed we are defining.


The workshop will be hosted at the University of Southern California / Information Sciences Institute.

For information, see: Getting to ISI and places to stay.


Please submit questions or feedback to John Heidemann.

Important Dates

Event Date
Abstracts due: October 3, 2016
Abstracts extension: October 5, 2016 (hard deadline)
Results to submitters: October 11, 2016
“Camera-ready” absracts: October 26, 2016
Workshop: November 17, 2016


The DINR-2016 program is listed here.

Going to the IETF instead?

Unfortunately, this workshop conflicts with the IETF’s upcoming 97th conference. If you’re attending the IETF instead of this workshop, fear not! Wes Hardaker will be hosting a traditional IETF bar-BOF in Seoul to discuss these topics. If you would like to attend that alternate session in Seoul, please contact him to be included in the agenda planning and location announcements.


This workshop will be available at no cost to participants with approved abstracts.

This workshop is being hosted by USC/ISI as part of the PINEST project (NSF award 1513213).