DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions 2020

About The DINR 2020 Virtual Workshop

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

We will hold this workshop using Zoom (a link that will be provided at a later date), on 2020-07-22 from 07:00-13:00 pacific or 14:00-20:00 UTC. The format will be short talks and discussion.

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Co-Chair Affiliation
John Heidemann USC/ISI
Wes Hardaker USC/ISI

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

Attendence was by Short Abstract

Folks attending submitted 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 a 9 point font on US letter-size paper (8.5x11 inches).

For folks interested in attending but not presenting, please submit a short abstract so we know who you are. In the abstract, specify that you don’t want to present, but include a sentence or two to indicating your interests, why you want to attend the workshop and how you believe your participation will help move the discussion forward. 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

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Workshop results:

Our hope is to grow the community of researchers, and to help identify new directions and needs that can be passed on 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 on Zoom.


Please submit questions or feedback to John Heidemann.

Important Dates

Event Date
Abstracts due: June 25, 2020
Results to submitters: July 7, 2020
“Camera-ready” absracts: July 14, 2020
Workshop: July 22, 2020 starting 14:00 UTC (7am PDT)



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 DIINER project (NSF award CNS-1925737).