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A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4) (RFC1654)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002490D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

Y. Rekhter: AUTHOR [+2]


The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is an inter-Autonomous System routing protocol. It is built on experience gained with EGP as defined in RFC 904 [1] and EGP usage in the NSFNET Backbone as described in RFC 1092 [2] and RFC 1093 [3].

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Network Working Group Y. Rekhter

Request for Comments: 1654 T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corp.

Category: Standards Track T. Li

cisco Systems


July 1994

A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Acknowledgements

This document was originally published as RFC 1267 in October 1991,

jointly authored by Kirk Lougheed (cisco Systems) and Yakov Rekhter


We would like to express our thanks to Guy Almes (Rice University),

Len Bosack (cisco Systems), and Jeffrey C. Honig (Cornell University)

for their contributions to the earlier version of this document.

We like to explicitly thank Bob Braden (ISI) for the review of the

earlier version of this document as well as his constructive and

valuable comments.

We would also like to thank Bob Hinden, Director for Routing of the

Internet Engineering Steering Group, and the team of reviewers he

assembled to review the previous version (BGP-2) of this document.

This team, consisting of Deborah Estrin, Milo Medin, John Moy, Radia

Perlman, Martha Steenstrup, Mike St. Johns, and Paul Tsuchiya, acted

with a strong combination of toughness, professionalism, and


This updated version of the document is the product of the IETF BGP

Working Group with Yakov Rekhter and Tony Li as editors. Certain

sections of the document borrowed heavily from IDRP [7], which is the

OSI counterpart of BGP. For this credit should be given to the ANSI

X3S3.3 group chaired by Lyman Chapin (BBN) and to Charles Kunzinger

(IBM Corp.) who was the IDRP editor within that group. We would also

like to thank Mike Craren (Proteon, Inc.), Dimitry Haskin

(Wellfleet), John Krawczyk (Wellfleet), and Paul Traina (cisco) for

their insightful comments.

We would like to specially acknowledge numerous contributions by

Dennis Ferguson (ANS).

2. Introduction

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is an inter-Autonomous System

routing protocol. It is built on experience gained with EGP as

defined in RFC 904 ...