The primary aim of the project is to analyse new, innovative naming and identifier systems identified as possible alternatives to the DNS, and to compare them with the DNS. The second aim is to set up a working prototype of one of the alternative systems for detailed evaluation.
The project is expected to yield the following results:
- An analysis of the DNS and a survey of its existing and/or anticipated shortcomings
- An analysis of (future) alternative naming and identifier systems and of their advantages and disadvantages
- A framework for comparing the DNS with alternative systems
- A working prototype of one of the alternatives (NameCoin) and a detailed evaluation of it
- A study report
We are looking for a highly motivated MSc student with a passion for internet technology and its evolution. You are energised by investigating exactly how mechanisms and systems work and you are able to devise and evaluate solutions. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with an enquiring mind, capable of developing proofs of concept.
If you are interested in this project, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you think you are the right person to carry it out. Questions can be mailed to the same address.
About SIDN Labs
SIDN manages the Dutch national internet domain, .nl. We are an innovative domain name registry with our own DNS anycast network and more DNSSEC-secured domain names than any other top-level domain in the world (2.4 million of the 5.5 million .nl domain names). SIDN Labs is our R&D arm, which develops and evaluates new technologies and systems with a view to further enhancing the stability and security of .nl, the DNS and the wider internet.