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Domain names plan and schedule (RFC0881)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003930D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 9 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Postel: AUTHOR

Abstract

Domain style names are being introduced in the Internet to allow a controlled delegation of the authority and responsibility for adding hosts to the system. This also allows a subdivision of the task of maintaining information about hosts.

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Network Working Group J. Postel

Request for Comments: 881 ISI

November 1983

The Domain Names Plan and Schedule

This RFC outlines a plan and schedule for the implementation of domain

style names throughout the DDN/ARPA Internet community. The

introduction of domain style names will impact all hosts on the DDN/ARPA

Internet.

The Plan

Introduction

Domain style names are being introduced in the Internet to allow a

controlled delegation of the authority and responsibility for

adding hosts to the system. This also allows a subdivision of the

task of maintaining information about hosts.

The subdivision will be based on administrative authority or

organization boundaries (not necessarily network boundaries).

Certain requirements will be placed on organizations wishing to be

"top level" domains. Initially, all the hosts in the Internet

will be in the domain "ARPA". As soon as is practical a second

domain, "DDN", will be introduced. Other domains may be added

after that, provided the requirements listed below are met.

Domain names will be supported in the long run by a system of

special servers called "domain servers" which will be used to

translate names to addresses. While this system of domain servers

is being created and programs are being converted to use them, the

existing host tables will evolve to include domain style names.

The domain server design also provides for mapping mailbox

addresses to the host name of the mail server for that mailbox.

This feature allows mailboxes to be related to an organization

rather than to a specific host.

This plan will be implemented in the ARPA community. After the

domain system is demonstrated in the ARPA community, the DDN

Program Management Office (DDN-PMO) will determine the schedule

for implementation of the domain system in the DDN community.

This approach will cause some extra steps in the ARPA community

implementation, and may limit communication between the ARPA and

DDN communities in some ways. The details and implications of

this two phase approach are discussed more fully below.

RFC 881 November 1983

The Domain Names Plan and Schedule

A Catch 22

There is a problem in introducing domain style names: a great deal

of software has to be changed. Some groups would like to start

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