Google aims to speed up DNS requests

Google and Neustar UltraDNS have proposed a extension to try to build some geographic awareness into the Domain Name System.

The proposed extension, called Client IP information in DNS requests, would send along the first three quarters of a user’s IP address along with an DNS request. The last quarter would be cut off to preserve some privacy, but the first part should be enough to geographically target the answer in some cases, Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.

As designed, it would, for example, return the address for Google’s Dutch server, not Google’s California server, to a user in the Netherlands who needs to reach it.

For more on this story, see Google proposes geo-smart Internet speedup on CNET News.

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