Google has launched a public DNS resolver in an attempt to speed up web browsing for the masses.
According to company spokesperson Prem Ramaswami, the average Internet user performs hundreds of DNS lookups each day - with complex pages often requiring multiple DNS resolutions before loading.
"Our research has shown that speed matters to Internet users. So, over the past several months our engineers have been working to make improvements to our public DNS resolver to make users' web-surfing experiences faster, safer and more reliable," explained Ramaswami. ?
"Most of us aren't familiar with DNS because it's often handled automatically by our Internet Service Provider (ISP), but it provides an essential function for the web. ??
"You could think of it as the switchboard of the Internet, converting easy-to-remember domain names — e.g., www.google.com — into the unique Internet Protocol (IP) numbers — e.g., 126.96.36.199 — that computers use to communicate with one another."
Ramaswami added that Google planned to "share" what it learned about optimizing DNS lookups with the broader web community and other providers. ??
"The goal of Google Public DNS is to benefit users worldwide while also helping the tens of thousands of DNS resolvers improve their services, ultimately making the web faster for everyone."