November 26, 2013

Happy 30th, DNS

November 1984, RFC882 and RFC883 were launched, introducing the world to DNS.

DNS is a crucial part of the Internet Infrastructure – it plays a role in ALL DNS lookups. Without DNS, there would be no Internet, so we are happy to announce its birthday today!

Brief History[1]

1960s U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (later known as DARPA) begins funding ARPAnet, an area computer network tied to research outfits in the United States

1980s TCP/IP (The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) developed and becomes standard host-networking protocol on the APRAnet. This includes the University of California at Berkeley’s BSD Unix operating system

1983 Paul Mockapetris, who was part of the USC’s Information Sciences Institute, designed new architecture, creating DNS.

1984 Mockapetris releases RFCs 882 and 883, both of which define the Domain Name System.

1988 BIND [Berkeley Internet  Name Domain] – most commonly used DNS software on the Internet – is first released

1997 BIND Version 8 is released by ISC

2000 BIND Version 9, created by Nominum, Inc., is released

Happy Birthday to you, DNS! All internet users love you (even if they don’t have a clue as to how you work).


[1] All history collected from Cricket Liu and Paul Albitz’s DNS and Bind 5th Edition (Sebastopol, California: O’Reilly  Books, 2006).