Ceased operation April 30, 2005
ASLAN, ADNS's Open Root Server Consortium
server ceased operations on April 30, 2005. This was due to several factors:
- ASLAN had not been a root server in
ORSC for some time because the operators of ORSC decided to replace it with
- ASLAN became a resolver, that is, a
name server that the public could use to query names in the inclusive
namespace. As a root server, ASLAN would only know about the top
level domains and would not answer queries for lower level domains except to
provide references to the servers handling the top-level domain of the
requested address. This is the proper way to operate a root server - as a
non-recursive server. As a public resolver, it would attempt to resolve a
query completely rather than returning just a reference.
- In recent months, an analysis of the queries
that ASLAN was receiving showed that an increasingly large number of
queries were either meant as an attack (denial of service attack) on ASLAN
or as an attack on other DNS servers through ASLAN. Please note that
the statistics that are shown on the stats archive page (link below) are
valid as the bogus data was removed.
- An increasing amount of our bandwidth was
therefore being used for non-productive and sometimes counter-productive
- ORSC did not seem to have any plan for future
expansion and no plans to assist in building credibility in the eyes of
internet users. In fact, many technical blunders by the operators of ORSC
harmed the Inclusive Namespace cause.
Because of these reasons, ASLAN was
decommissioned on April 30, 2005. ADNS is committed to the Inclusive
Namespace and we support other Inclusive Namspace root server network projects.
Check back to our website every now and then for more information about our work
in this area.
PLEASE NOTE: Our decommissioning of ASLAN does
NOT in any way affect your registrations in our TLDs. ADNS's top-level domains
are still listed in ORSC as well as most other Inclusive Namespace root
networks. ADNS has simply turned off a free service that it provided that was no
longer being used in a beneficial way by the community.
As mentioned above, we are keeping the historical
ASLAN statistics online. They show the phenomenal growth of the Inclusive
Namespace. to access this archive of ASLAN usage statistics, click HERE.