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Root Scaling Study Report is Out

Earlier this year, ICANN began to seriously consider the various effects of adding DNS protocol features and new entries into the Root Zone. With the NTIA announcement that the Root Zone would be signed this year, a root scaling study team was formed to assess the scalability of the processes used to create and publish the Root Zone. Properly considered, this study should have lasted longer than the 120 days — but the results suggest that scaling up the root zone is not without risk — and these risks should be considered before "green-lighting" any significant changes to the root zone or its processes.

I, for one, would be interested in any comments, observations, etc. (The caveats: This was, by most measures, a rush job. My spin: This is or should be a risk assessment tool.)

Full report available here [PDF].

Related topics: DNS, DNSSEC, ICANN, Internet Protocol, IP Addressing, IPv6, Multilinguism, Policy & Regulation, Regional Registries, Security, Top-Level Domains

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