[DNSOP] Complexity and innovation in the DNS protocol: the work of DNSOP

Suzanne Woolf <suzworldwide@gmail.com> Wed, 18 April 2018 21:07 UTC

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Subject: [DNSOP] Complexity and innovation in the DNS protocol: the work of DNSOP
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The chairs have been discussing next steps after IETF 101, particularly the very lively WG input on the complexity and stability of the DNS protocol.

There are many aspects to the questions that came up. Some are not going to be resolved within the IETF or the standards process, but it sounds to us like there are things the IETF and DNSOP can do that could improve the situation.

We heard significant support in the WG for slowing down on adoption of new work, with more attention by the chairs and in WG discussion for a couple of factors:

First, what's the applicability of this work? what problem does it solve, and for whom?

Second, does this work add significantly to the complexity of the DNS protocol, or the work of implementers and operators?

Finally, what implementation experience exists with the technology?

We're not trying to create unnecessary barriers to new work; previous generations of DNS working groups have arguably tried to preserve stability of the protocol at the expense of innovation, with the result that people simply proceeded to innovate outside of the standards process.

However, we want to see these issues discussed as part of WG consideration for adoption of new work in the future, and will explicitly consider them when deciding whether new work has adequate support to advance in the working group.

Suzanne, Tim, and Benno