[discuss] rootservers

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 27 16:21:11 UTC 2014

Carlos, Patrik, and others, thanks for adding in your comment on the role of IX's. As a wide range of folks are on this list and more are joining as the discussion becomes more like discourse, and of relevance to broader topics.

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> On Feb 24, 2014, at 8:47 PM, "Carlos M. Martinez" <carlosm3011 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello
>> On 2/24/14, 1:53 PM, Seun Ojedeji wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM, Steve Crocker <steve at shinkuro.com
>> <mailto:steve at shinkuro.com>> wrote:
>>    Marilyn, et al,
>>    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.
>> For me, i am not really about the political aspect, just as you
>> indicated the more local the root is the better for us.
> Only if you exchange traffic locally. If you do not, the root server
> just becomes a nice toy for the ISP hosting it, in some cases it also
> becomes a marketing tool.
> If your country does not have an IXP, then it is probably best served by
> root server copies hosted in the 'nearest' (in network topology sense)
> traffic exchange point. In our case (South America), it is the NAP of
> the Americas in Miami, just as Patrik pointed out.
> In other cases it might be AMS-IX or other IXP in Europe.
> cheers!
> ~Carlos
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