Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Points of Failure

One of the most neglected elements in the operation of the web is that of the Domain Name Server (DNS), basically the centralised computers that resolve your web URL (eg http://iptvtimes.blogspot.com) against an IP address (something like 111.111.1.1) and direct a web browser to the right place.

This system is the central nervous system of the world wide web and nothing would work without it. But a warning comes from its inventor, Paul Mockapetris, that it's creaking, and as the number of addresses increase with the introduction of IPv6, it may creak further. This warning may be self-serving considering that Paul works for a company specialising in this area, but it's salient to consider that elements of both Web 2.0 and TV 2.0 hang on such threads.

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