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A Self Configuring and Self Administrating Name System with Dynamic Address Assignment

40 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2001  

Paul Huck

Oracle Corporation

Michael W. Butler

MITRE Corporation

Amar Gupta

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Michael Feng


Date Written: August 2001


A distributed system that stores name-to-address bindings and provides name resolution to a network of computers is presented in this paper. This name system consists of a network of name services that are individually self-configuring and self-administering. The name service consists of an agent program that works in conjunction with the current implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS agent program automatically configures a Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) process during start up and dynamically reconfigures and administers the BIND process based on the changing state of the network. The proposed name system offers high scalability and fault-tolerance capabilities and communicates using standard Internet protocols.

Keywords: Internet, Naming Conventions, Extensions to Internet, Automated Network Management

Suggested Citation

Huck, Paul and Butler, Michael W. and Gupta, Amar and Feng, Michael, A Self Configuring and Self Administrating Name System with Dynamic Address Assignment (August 2001). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4213-01; Eller College Working Paper No. 1032-05. Available at SSRN: or

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