DNS operations are a critical part of Internet infrastructure, yet they are largely closed to researchers today, with no formal path to fielding new technology or even observing current status. These challenges are particularly accurate for root nameservers and important top-level domains.
As a result, evolution is slow and operational information is very limited. Innovation is limited to a very few organizations, and often superseded by commercial interests or operational limitations.
We are working to investigate new approaches to DNS operations, to investigate how DNS operations can safely interact with researchers, and developing approaches for privacy-preserving data analysis and controlled testing. Requirements of this research are protecting the privacy of DNS users and the integrity of operational systems, while allowing meaningful research.
This work is partially supported by NSF (CI-P: Planning for Identity and Naming Experimentation Shared Testbed, NSF award 1513213, 2015-2016).
NIPET has received prior support through the USC/ISI New Research Initiatives Council (link is ISI internal) and USC/ITS, June 2012-2013.
We are developing DNS anonymization software.
You have the opportunity to influence the design of this testbed, as our goal is to build a facility and network that you can make the best use of in your research. The architecture above is in its early stages of design, and we want your feedback about:
For related publications, please see the ANT publications web page.