ISC and Supercomputing Center of Catalonia Install a Root Nameserver in Barcelona
Redwood City, CA
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) and Supercomputing Center of Catalonia (CESCA) have installed a new F-root nameserver in Barcelona, Spain. The new server is hosted by CATNIX, the Exchange Point managed by CESCA.
Joao Damas, F-root Programme Manager, stated, "ISC is extremely happy to be working with partner in bringing Internet services closer to the Catalan Internet community, enhancing it's resilience and technical independence from external resources and services and contributing to create a global network. Installation in Barcelona brings DNS root servers closer to a very active Internet community."
Root servers make available information for finding authoritative servers for top-level domains; there are several hundred such domains, including EU, COM, ORG, NET and ES, etc. Computers use this information interprets URLs, e-mail addresses, and perform other types of Internet transactions.
Oriol Ferran, CATNIX President, stated, We are pleased with our ongoing progress to provide ISPs, through our Exchange Point, and the Internet community at large with faster DNS response and additional resilience to DNS services, both of which are critical improvements in the region.
In 2004 ISC deployed 17 new F-root nameserver sites around the globe enhancing Internet response times in key regions and reducing the vulnerability of the Internet Root nameserver system to malicious attacks. ISC has plans to deploy 10 new F-root nameservers around the globe in 2005. Barcelona is the second to be installed this year.
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public benefit corporation with a long history of developing and maintaining the production quality Open Source software -- BIND and DHCP. ISC has increased its focus to include enhancing the stability of the global DNS directly through reliable F-root nameserver operations and ongoing operation of a DNS crisis coordination center, ISC's OARC for DNS. ISC is also engaged with further protocol development efforts, particularly in the areas of DNS evolution and facilitating the transition to IPv6. ISC is supported by the donations of generous sponsors, program membership fees and specific fees for services. For program or donation information, please visit our website at www.isc.org
CESCA was created in 1991 and is a consortium whose members are the Generalitat (government) of Catalonia, the Catalan Research and Innovation Foundation and nine Catalan universities. Its aims are centred around three areas of activity: high performance computing, research network and Catalonia Neutral Internet Exchange (CATNIX) management, and fostering the utilisation and benefits of these technologies. www.cesca.es, www.catnix.net, www.tesisenred.net
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