P2P is hot again!

Why am I not surprised? The Internet communication is very robust, but the centralized nature of Domain Name System authorities allows for, well, centralized control. The abrupt removal of the Wikileaks.Org is certainly not the first example of domains being removed by central authorities, but it seems to have renewed the interest for P2P names, as shown here: http://torrentfreak.com/bittorrent-based-dns-to-counter-us-domain-seizures-101130/.

Part of me would like to say, hey, folks, why don’t you just use PNRP? I designed it 10 years ago with scenarios like that in mind. But on the other hand, I am quite happy to see the idea of P2P names actually pushed forward.


About Christian Huitema

I have been developing Internet protocols and applications for about 30 years. I love to see how the Internet has grown and the applications it enabled. Let's keep it open!
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  2. adamo says:

    “why don’t you just use PNRP?”

    Is the PNRP specification available as an RFC?

    • huitema says:

      I am sure that the specification is available somewhere, but I am not eager to spend time making it an RFC. Last time I did something similar, with Teredo, the RFC process lasted 3 years and required over 20 drafts. For better or worse, PNRP will probably remain Windows only for some time.

  3. huitema says:

    Actually, my memory fails me. 5 years, not 3. The first draft for Teredo (called Shipworm then) was submitted to the IETF in July 2001. RFC 4380 was published in February 2006. Part of the delay is due to the RFC editor — the final draft was approved for publication in June 2005. That’s still 4 years of process in the IETF. Anything controversial can last that long. Pushing a P2P DNS draft would likely be just as controversial!

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