The host tables (sometimes called the hostname tables - and capitalization varied) were files used in the ARPANET and early Internet to hold mappings from human-readable names (such as 'MIT-Multics') to binary addresses. Early ones were called the 'Hostname Table'; the name was eventually changed to 'DoD Internet Host Table'.
Although the early ones only had the capability to hold addresses for the Host-to-IMP Protocol, site-local variants were augmented to have the capability to hold addresses for a number of different protocol suites, such as Chaosnet. Later versions were expanded to carry Internet Protocol addresses.
- HOSTS.TXT - a good collection
- Network Host Status - January, 1972
- Host Status - December, 1973
- A Universal Host Table - January, 1979
- Hostname Table - June, 1982 (part 1)
- Hostname Table - June, 1982 (part 2)
- Hostname Table - June, 1982 (part 3)
- INFO; TIP > - includes a late NCP host table
- syshst - MIT host table files just before conversion to DNS
- h3text.1604 last MIT host table file - 23 June, 1990