According to a new patent application that was published on Thursday this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), one major Chinese university is in the latest blockchain news – this time for proposing a blockchain technology as a better way to manage web domain names.
While the current standard Internet domain name system is based on a distributed system, there are still some “technical problems” according to the team at the university. One of them is the current distribution of root name servers which is uneven around the world.
As the filing states:
“Internet users in Asia enjoy a significantly slower domain name resolution speed than users in North America do, and when a root name server in Asia malfunctions, more than 20 million Internet users’ requests for domain name resolution will be affected. It also results in a significantly lower reliability in Asian domain name resolution.”
The blockchain “invention” shares data in a “public and immutable way.” As it notes, “trusted agencies and even individuals can access information on blockchain and build a corresponding seed file database to store the mapping relations between the top-level and sub-domain name system.”
The proposed system also separates the domain name system in two layers, each of which is corresponding to a sub-domain name system. How the sub-domain system is designed is decided by the holder of the TLD. As the filing states, “the sub-domain name system can be designed as either centralized system or decentralized system according to the institutions’ wishes.”
The team at the university believes that this system is “completely compatible with the existing internet.”
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