From Amazon Route 53: Workload isolation using shuffle sharding.

In short, Route 53 domains are sharded by so they map to one of 2,048 virtual servers. The sharding process means that some domains share servers with other domains, and under a normal sharding algorithm, domains would share all their servers with those same domains on their shard. This isn’t great because if I’m an unlucky customer on the same shard as who’s getting DDOSed all the time, if their shards are taken down that means I’m down too. “Shuffle sharding” defines sharding such that even if I share servers with, some of the servers I map to are “shuffled” so that I’m also guaranteed to not share some with Even if every server hosting goes down, some of mine are still up.

The link above explains it in more detail and with diagrams.

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