May 11, 2020
Europe/London timezone

Analysis of the Effects of COVID-19-Related Lockdowns on IMRS Traffic

May 11, 2020, 3:10 PM
Standard Presentation Main Session


Roy Arends (ICANN)


Restrictions during COVID-19-related lockdowns are expected to have a limited, but noticeable effect on the Domain Name System (DNS) traffic at ICANN Managed Root Servers (IMRS). ICANN’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has studied the impact of a nationwide lockdown in France on changes in both traffic volume and composition to the four IMRS instances in France. The lockdown in France started 17 March 2020 (week 12 of 2020). Traffic statistics for this week showed a 28% increase compared to the average of the previous 6 weeks. The largest category, about one-third of all requests, originated from Chromium browsers. The largest percentage increase came from popular nonexistent TLDs (.corp, .home, .lan and .local). This increase in DNS traffic can be observed overall and the fact that no issues have arisen suggests that the DNS architecture is well suited to scale during remote work and increased use at home.

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Talk Duration 10 Minutes

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Roy Arends (ICANN)

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