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  • From: Art Gaylord <>
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  • Subject: Re: [] Notes from Conference Call June 23, 2005
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 12:50:17 -0400


I generally like Ben's Domain Redirect idea, but am concerned about dealing with prefix collisions and the complexities of parsing variable length prefixes coupled with variable length local extensions. It also seems unlikely that campuses with long names will really want to use that as a prefix.

An alternative that I just thought of might be to use the Autonomous System number associated with each campus. This has the advantage of being globally unique, relatively short, and decimal based to start with. The obvious disadvantage is that AS numbers something that many people know. On the other hand people don't inherently a campuses area code and exchange prefix either. Some campuses may have multiple AS numbers but this isn't really a problem as they could either pick one as their prefix or use multiple the prefer. Since there won't be collisions either way it isn't an architectural problem.

Just an idea and one I've not carefully thought about, but figured it might worth others considering as well.


Arthur S. Gaylord
Director, Computer and Information Services
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole MA 02543


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