DNS marks 20th birthday

The database system that sends Web surfers to the right page and gets e-mail messages where they need to go turned 20 years old on Monday.

The database system that sends Web surfers to the right page and gets e-mail messages where they need to go turned 20 years old on Monday. DNS (Domain Name System) had its first successful test on June 23, 1983, at the University of Southern California School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), in Marina del Rey, Calif., said Paul Mockapetris, the researcher who invented the system. Jon Postel, another computer scientist at ISI, had assigned him to create a new kind of directory of the Internet, then a fledgling network of about 200 computers.

Before DNS, the addresses of all computers on the Internet were… [Read more]