[discuss] rootservers

Jefsey jefsey at jefsey.com
Mon Feb 24 19:34:41 UTC 2014

This is a good example of the reason why one cannot leave things only 
under the control of others, them being politicians, or technicians, 
or generals. People are not much interested in response time 
microseconds. They are first interested in protecting their own skin 
and jobs. The internet has become a vital system. It HAS to work 
whatever the situation - or the attack it is submitted to.

One of the expectation of the HomeRoot experimentation is a 
comparative evaluation of many different parameters, including the 
comparison between the different VGNICS services (response time of 
ICANN/RSS, or ORSN, or others). This will help people to know what 
best choice to make. The target is a people centered network. Not a 
master-root server centered one.

I just want to remind that a root server service is an HomeRoot 
server whose IP is locally accessible. Any country can set one up for 
$ 1000. The target of VGNICS is to provide them with the necessary 
reliable FLOSS data (name, numbers, metadata, syllodata) in order to 
be usefull, sure and secure. There is no competition there, only to 
guarantee people that they have the best chances that under duress 
the machines the need will work.


At 19:12 24/02/2014, SM wrote:
>Hi Steve,
>At 07:38 24-02-2014, Steve Crocker wrote:
>>Thanks.  Two comments about root servers

>>1. A list of which countries have root servers and which do not is 
>>the beginning but not the end of the discussion.  The technical 
>>question is whether a locale is being served well enough.  "Well 
>>enough" is usually measured in terms of delay to get an answer to a 
>>look up, e.g. 89 milliseconds, and reliability, e.g. answers are 
>>received 99.923% of the time.  (Both of the numbers in the previous 
>>sentence are illustrative and not related to any actual 
>>measurement.  I made them up as I typed.)  On the other hand, many 
>>people seem concerned with political questions, e.g. which 
>>countries are important enough to have root servers.  It would help 
>>the discussion to know what questions are being asked.  The list of 
>>root server locations may or may not be relevant.
>There is a sample response time at 
>The above technical question is a good one.  There was a study about 
>the global response of (DNS) Root servers.  It highlighted some 
>inconsistencies in the results for Europe [1] and other parts of the world.
>A decision based on the list of Root server locations would be 
>ill-informed.  It might satisfy a political concern while not 
>providing the end-user with a better service.
>S. Moonesamy
>1. I am using the region as an example.

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