U.S. Army Research Lab

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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) operates h.root-servers.net and, thus, has a representative on ICANN's RSSAC.[1] ARL, which was formerly known as the Ballistics Research Laboratory (BRL), has a long history of leadership in the computing and networking arenas.


BRL was the home of the world's first electronic digital computer, ENIAC, and one of the first 50 sites to have a web server on the Internet. BRL/ARL was involved in the early development of UNIX, the Internet, TCP/IP, DNS, and BIND). BRL was one of the first and one of the most well-connected nodes on the ARPANET/MILNET in the late 1970s and early 1980s. BRL hosted one of the original four root servers, assisted in the development of DNS, and operated the root server for the MILNET in the event that it was disconnected from the Internet. BRL's root server was the first to run BIND. ARL is home to one of the world's largest supercomputing facilities and resides on the high-speed Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), which ARL scientists helped design.[2]


  1. [https://h.root-servers.org/ About the H-Root Server System
  2. ARL Computing History