I am a Computer Science PhD student in Networking at Georgia Tech. I obtained your email address from the site "Linux Online - User Groups" at http://www.linux.org/groups/index.html.
I am currently researching the performance of the DNS system from different locations in the Internet worldwide. It is nearly impossible to do this by obtaining accounts on machines and collecting the data myself, so I am asking for the assistance of users in many different countries. I have developed a tool that takes about 6 hours to run. My hope is that people around the world will run it and then email the results to me. If you are willing to participate in this study, please visit the following web page for instructions on how to proceed:
All questions about participating in this study should be answered there. If not, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By participating in this study you will be helping those responsible for the Internet architecture to better understand the nature of performance experienced at different locations in the Internet. My hope is that this understanding will lead to better engineering of the Internet for users in all parts of the world.
Best Regards, Richard Liston
PS, if there are other Unix users that you think may be willing to help with this study, please forward this request to them in its entirety, but do not forward it past April 30, 2002 so that this does not become an Internet chain letter.