50 million records under one domain using Bind

Gregory Hicks ghicks at hicks-net.net
Mon Dec 15 02:36:43 UTC 2008

> From: Robert <noone at noplace.nowhere>
> Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 13:01:16 -0500
> On Sun, 14 Dec 2008 14:06:05 +0100, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 05:09:57PM +0530,
> >  Vinay Y S <vinay at vys.in> wrote 
> >  a message of 23 lines which said:
> > 
> >> Also, is there any known deployments of bind of this scale out there?
> > 
> > Half of the ".de" name servers are BIND and ".de" has 12 millions of
> > domains, which probably means close to 50 millions of records.
> I believe he is talking on one server not spread out over several
> servers. I think he is trying to see the limit on one server as to how
> many records it could serve reliably.

I believe that the limiting factor is not going to be the size of the
database, but how fast the machine can process network requests.  Ie,
how many queries per second;  If the machine can only handle 10k
queries per second, then the MOST it will see is 10k qps even if 11k
qps are coming in.

GRegory Hicks

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