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Referral Whois (RWhois) Protocol V1.5 (RFC2167)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Williamson: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This memo describes Version 1.5 of the client/server interaction of RWhois. RWhois provides a distributed system for the discovery, retrieval, and maintenance of directory information. This system is primarily hierarchical by design. It allows for the deterministic routing of a query based on hierarchical tags, referring the user closer to the maintainer of the information. While RWhois can be considered a generic directory services protocol, it distinguishes itself from other protocols by providing an integrated, hierarchical architecture and query routing mechanism.

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Network Working Group S. Williamson

Request for Comments: 2167 M. Kosters

Obsoletes: RFC 1714 D. Blacka

Category: Informational J. Singh

K. Zeilstra

Network Solutions, Inc.

June 1997

Referral Whois (RWhois) Protocol V1.5

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo describes Version 1.5 of the client/server interaction of

RWhois. RWhois provides a distributed system for the discovery,

retrieval, and maintenance of directory information. This system is

primarily hierarchical by design. It allows for the deterministic

routing of a query based on hierarchical tags, referring the user

closer to the maintainer of the information. While RWhois can be

considered a generic directory services protocol, it distinguishes

itself from other protocols by providing an integrated, hierarchical

architecture and query routing mechanism.

1. Introduction

Early in the development of the ARPANET, the SRI-NIC established a

centralized Whois database that provided host and network information

about the systems connected to the network and the electronic mail

(email) addresses of the users on those systems [RFC 954]. The

ARPANET experiment evolved into a global network, the Internet, with

countless people and hundreds of thousands of end systems. The sheer

size and effort needed to maintain a centralized database

necessitates an alternate, decentralized approach to storing and

retrieving this information.

The original Whois function was to be a central directory of

resources and people on ARPANET. However, it could not adequately

meet the needs of the expanded Internet. RWhois extends and enhances

the Whois concept in a hierarchical and scaleable fashion. In

accordance with this, RWhois focuses primarily on the distribution of

"network objects", or the data representing Internet resources or

people, and uses the inherently hierarchical nature of these network

objects (domain names, Internet Protocol (IP) networks, email

addresses) to more accurately discover the requested information.

RWhois synthesizes concepts from other, established Internet

protocols. The RWhois protocol and architecture derive...