[bc-gnso] RE: ICANN DNS L-Root announcements

Baskin, James F (Jim) james.f.baskin at verizon.com
Fri May 25 01:46:48 UTC 2012

BC Members,

All L-Root instances are anycast.  Here are the details from Joe Abley's response to my query.


> All L-Root instances mentioned in the two press releases are anycast deployments of the L-Root server.

> The L-Root instance referred to in the April 4 announcement by RU-CENTER is in Moscow, Russia.

> The L-Root instances referred to in the May announcement by Hostmaster are all in Ukraine.

> You can see an accurate list of all locations where L-Root is deployed at <http://www.root-servers.org/>. There are 100+ locations live today.

From: Baskin, James F (Jim)
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:17 PM
To: 'bc-gnso at icann.org'
Subject: ICANN DNS L-Root announcements

On a BC call about a month ago, I mentioned a question I had about a new instance of the ICANN L-Root that was mentioned in an ICANN announcement.  I did some research and determined that the Russian server mentioned in the April 5 ICANN News Alert is a standard Anycast instance, and not an item that needs any special attention from the ICANN community.

Since the April 5 Alert there have been two other similar ICANN news items - one announcing 14 new L-Root instances implemented in Brazil and another regarding L-Root instances in the Ukraine.  The news item about Brazil specifically identified those servers as Anycast instances.

Just to clarify that all of the mentioned L-Root instances mentioned are Anycast-based, I sent a note to Joe Abley, ICANN's Director of DNS Operations, last week seeking confirmation.  As soon as I hear back from him, I will pass the confirmation along to the BC list.

Jim Baskin
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