•Developed by CNRI (Corporation for National Research Initiatives - non-profit, federally-funded research organization based in Reston, VA)
•Run by Dr. Robert Kahn, one of principal inventors of the Internet (co-inventor of TCP/IP & packet
switching, builder of the ARPAnet,
co-recipient of Nat’l Medal of Technology
along with Vint Cerf; serves on the President’s
Internet Advisory Council)
•CNRI runs, coordinates, or supports many Internet standards bodies:IETF, IAB, etc.
•System is similar to DNS:a distributed global directory, but capable of scaling indefinitely as DOI volumes grow over time