The Internet of Names: A DNS Big Dataset - Actively Measuring 50% of the Entire DNS Name Space, Every Day

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    The Domain Name System (DNS) is part of the core infrastructure of the Internet. Tracking changes in the DNS over time provides valuable information about the evolution of the Internet’s infrastructure. Until now, only one large-scale approach to perform these kinds of measurements existed, passive DNS (pDNS). While pDNS is useful for applications like tracing security incidents, it does not provide sufficient information to reliably track DNS changes over time. We use a complementary approach based on active measurements, which provides a unique, comprehensive dataset on the evolution of DNS over time. Our high-performance infrastructure performs Internet-scale active measurements, currently querying over 50% of the DNS name space on a daily basis. Our infrastructure is designed from the ground up to enable big data analysis approaches on, e.g., a Hadoop cluster. With this novel approach we aim for a quantum leap in DNS-based measurement and analysis of the Internet.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Special Interest Group on Data Communication, SIGCOMM 2015
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3542-3
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2015
    EventAnnual Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, ACM SIGCOMM 2015 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 17 Aug 201521 Aug 2015

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    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, ACM SIGCOMM 2015
    Abbreviated titleACM SIGCOMM
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • EWI-26581
    • METIS-315106
    • IR-98719

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