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Internet Growth (1981-1991) (RFC1296)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002116D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 8 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Lottor: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document illustrates the growth of the Internet by examination of entries in the Domain Name System (DNS) and pre-DNS host tables. DNS entries are collected by a program called ZONE, which searches the Internet and retrieves data from all known domains. Pre-DNS host table data were retrieved from system archive tapes. Various statistics are presented on the number of hosts and domains.

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Network Working Group M. Lottor

Request for Comments: 1296 SRI International

Network Information Systems Center

January 1992

Internet Growth (1981-1991)

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

This document illustrates the growth of the Internet by examination

of entries in the Domain Name System (DNS) and pre-DNS host tables.

DNS entries are collected by a program called ZONE, which searches

the Internet and retrieves data from all known domains. Pre-DNS host

table data were retrieved from system archive tapes. Various

statistics are presented on the number of hosts and domains.

Table of Contents

Introduction.................................................... 1

How ZONE Works.................................................. 2

Problems with Data Collection................................... 3

Scope of the Study.............................................. 3

N. Results...................................................... 4

N.1 Number of Internet Hosts.................................... 4

N.2 Number of Domains........................................... 6

N.3 Distribution of IP Addresses per Host....................... 7

N.4 Distribution of Hosts by Top-level Domain................... 7

N.5 Distribution of Hosts by Host Name.......................... 8

Future Issues................................................... 8

RFC References.................................................. 9

Security Considerations......................................... 9

Author's Address................................................ 9

Introduction

This document provides statistics on the growth of the Internet by

examining the number of Internet hosts and domains over a 10-year

period. Before the Domain Name System was established, practically

all hosts on the Internet were registered with the Network

Information Center (SRI-NIC) and entries were placed in the Official

Host Table for each one. Data on the number of hosts for pre-DNS

years comes from copies of the host table at selected times. The DNS

system was introduced around 1984 but took almost 4 years before it

was fully implemented on the Internet. However, by this time many

hosts were no longer registered in the Host Table.

In 1986, the ZONE (Zealot Of Name Edification) p...