The aim of the project is to analyse how the various name servers that support .nl domain names are distributed across the ASNs, taking account of anycast systems where relevant, and to identify any potential problems. That will involve investigating aspects such as the interconnections (visualised) and interdependencies amongst the ASNs. Using the information gathered, simulations can be performed to determine the effects of non-availability, e.g. as a result of a fault and to identify ways of increasing the resilience.
The project is expected to yield the following results:
- Analysis of the distribution of .nl name servers across the ASNs
- Visualisation of interrelationships at BGP level
- Fault scenario simulations
- Recommendations and, where relevant, proposals for improvement
- A study report
We are looking for a highly motivated MSc student with a passion for internet technology, particularly BGP and DNS. 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. On our ENTRADA big data platform, we retain more than a year's DNS data, including details of the ASNs from which DNS queries originate. More information on www.sidnlabs.nl.