DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions 2021

About The DINR 2021 Virtual Workshop

The 2021 DNS and Internet Naming Research Directions (DINR) virtual workshop will be a forum to discuss the research landscape around DNS and Internet naming – what are the important problems we need to tackle and what are the tools you need to get there?

We will hold this workshop using Zoom (a link that will be provided at a later date), on Tuesday November 16, 2021 from 14:50-19:10 UTC (06:50-11:10 pacific). The workshop format will consist of short talks with discussion time (similar to the 2020 event).

In addition, the following day, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 16:00-17:00 UTC (08:00-09:00 PST) we will hold a brief tutorial for the DIINER testbed and anonymized datasets.

The program details are pending submissions by interested parties.

Program Committee Affiliation
Wes Hardaker (co-chair) USC/ISI
John Heidemann (co-chair) USC/ISI
Moritz Müller U. Twente and SIDN Labs
Duane Wessels Verisign

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest center around understanding new research opportunities and the role of research infrastructure around DNS and Internet naming. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • DNS and Internet naming protocols: design, evolution, use
  • DNS privacy and encryption: DNS-over-TCP, TLS, HTTP, QUIC
  • DNS and Internet naming infrastructure: software, systems, and the cloud
  • DNS and Internet naming research infrastructure: data collection, system evaluation, anonymization, etc.
  • Network security involving DNS: resilience, DoS, integrity, DNSSEC
  • Network measurement with DNS: tools and methods to collect, curate, and share; privacy challenges, collection policies; data sources
  • DNS analysis: new techniques and applications
  • New applications of DNS and Internet naming: use in new applications

This workshop will not solve these questions, but its goal will be to:

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration among the participants
  • Identify new questions of interest to researchers and operations
  • Identify gaps in the tools and datasets needed to answer those questions
  • Start discussion around these topics
  • Create requirements for future research projects and infrastructure

Workshop Attendence by Short Abstract

Folks wishing to attend should submit a one-page abstract (plus an extra page for references if you want) about what you want to talk about. By default we will make all abstracts available to workshop participants, but will keep abstracts private on request. Abstracts will be reviewed by the program chairs for topicality and discussion organization. Submissions should be at least a 9 point font on US letter-size paper (8.5x11 inches).

For people interested in attending, but not in presenting, please submit a short abstract of your background so we know who you are. In the abstract, specify that you don’t want to present, but include a sentence or two to indicating your interests, why you want to attend the workshop and how you believe your participation will help move the discussion forward. We expect to give priority to presenters, but we welcome people interested in adding to the conversation even without a formal presentation slot.

Workshop Structure

Workshop format:

We are looking for an open workshop with discussion. We will strictly limit talks to 10 minutes.

The program will follow here when it is available.

Workshop results:

The workshop’s goal is to grow the community of researchers, and to help identify new directions and needs that can be passed on to research supporters (such as US’ NSF and DHS agencies).

The results of this workshop will also drive requirements for our DNS Research Testbed we host that enables easier deployment of new techniques and toolsets to test.

Testbed Tutorial

In addition, the day after the workshop, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 15:00-16:00 UTC (08:00-09:00 PDT), we will hold a tutorial for folks interested in using the DIINER testbed.

DIINER supports testbed access to live data streams and replay of prior events or synthetic traffic. Please see our testbed documentation and contact us for account access.

DIINER also distributes anonymized DNS datasets of B-Root traffic, including DITL (48-hour captures), a 2019 and 2021 week-long capture, and curated datasets of specific DDoS events.

The tutorial will be a brief (1 hour) tour through the datasets and testbed. We plan to follow-up with folks interested in using either followign the tutorial.


The workshop will be hosted on Zoom.


Please submit questions or feedback to John Heidemann.

Important Dates

Event Date
Abstracts due: October 26, 2021
Results to submitters: November 2, 2021
“Camera-ready” abstracts: November 9, 2021
Workshop: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 starting 15:00 UTC (7am PST)
DINR tutorial: Wednesay, November 17, 2021 starting 16:00 UTC (8am PST)


This workshop will be available at no cost to participants with approved abstracts.

This workshop is being hosted by USC/ISI as part of the DIINER project (NSF award CNS-1925737).