Software Usage Logging Using Domain Name Service (DNS)

Report No. ARL-TR-6104
Authors: Richard C. Angelini; Brian M. Rapp; Howard M. Kash
Date/Pages: September 2012; 16 pages
Abstract: The Data Analysis and Assessment Center at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory required a method to capture software utilization data from both client workstations and high-performance computing (HPC) resources. As part of an overall effort to understand utilization across all machines in the U.S. Department of Defense HPC Modernization Program, we looked to develop a method that would allow for accurate, centralized logging of application usage from a wide variety of geographically dispersed systems. This report presents a method of logging software utilization data by means of domain name system queries.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2012