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Update Propagation

Large-scale caching in DNS poses problems for maintaining the consistency of cached records in the presence of dynamic changes. Selection of a suitable value for the TTL is an administrative dilemma; short TTLs adversely affect the lookup performance and increase network load [18,19], while long TTLs interfere with service relocation. For instance, a popular on line brokerage firm uses a TTL of thirty minutes. Its users do not incur DNS latencies when accessing the brokerage for thirty minutes at a time, but they may experience outages of up to half an hour if the brokerage firm needs to relocate its services in response to an emergency. Nearly 40% of domain names use TTLs of one day or higher, which prohibits fast dissemination of unanticipated changes to records.