Google and other companies have proposed a technology that would see the Internet’s addressing system get users to nearby servers more quickly. According to this CNET Blog, the proposed extension, called Client IP information in DNS requests, shows Google’s desire to gradually re-engineer the Internet.
“This is where Google and Neustar UltraDNS come in. They proposed a DNS extension Wednesday to try to build some geographic smarts into the system.
“Specifically, the proposed extension, called Client IP information in DNS requests, would send along the first three quarters of a user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address with the DNS request. The last quarter would be lopped off to preserve some privacy, but the first part should be enough to geographically target the answer in some cases. As designed, it would for example return the address for Google’s Dutch server, not Google’s California server, to a person in the Netherlands who needs to reach it.”