On Measuring the Client-Side DNS Infrastructure

TitleOn Measuring the Client-Side DNS Infrastructure
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSchomp, K., Callahan T., Rabinovich M., & Allman M.
Other Numbers3674

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical component of the Internet infrastructure. It allows users to interact with Web sites using human-readable names and provides a foundation for transparent client request distribution among servers in Web platforms, such as content delivery networks. In this paper, we present methodologies for efficiently discovering the complex client-side DNS infrastructure. We further develop measurement techniques for isolating the behavior of the distinct actors in the infrastructure. Using these strategies, we study various aspects of the client-side DNS infrastructure and its behavior with respect to caching, both in aggregate and separately for different actors.


This work was partially supported by funding provided to ICSI through National Science Foundation grants CNS : 1213157 (“User-Centric Network Measurement”) and CNS : 0831535 ("Comprehensive Application Analysis and Control"). Additional funding was provided through National Science Foundation grant CNS : 0831821 ("Relationship-Oriented Networking"). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors or originators and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the 2013 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC 2013), Barcelona, Spain, pp. 77-90

Abbreviated Authors

K. Schomp, T. Callahan, M. Rabinovich, and M. Allman

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings