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Internet Exchange BGP Route Server Operations (RFC7948) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247441D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Sep-08
Document File: 30 page(s) / 37K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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N. Hilliard: AUTHOR [+3]


Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) provide IP data interconnection facilities for their participants, using data link-layer protocols such as Ethernet. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) [RFC4271] is normally used to facilitate exchange of network reachability information over these media.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       N. Hilliard Request for Comments: 7948                                          INEX Category: Informational                                      E. Jasinska ISSN: 2070-1721                                               BigWave IT                                                                R. Raszuk                                                             Bloomberg LP                                                                N. Bakker                                                 Akamai Technologies B.V.                                                           September 2016

              Internet Exchange BGP Route Server Operations


   The popularity of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) brings new    challenges to interconnecting networks.  While bilateral External BGP    (EBGP) sessions between exchange participants were historically the    most common means of exchanging reachability information over an IXP,    the overhead associated with this interconnection method causes    serious operational and administrative scaling problems for IXP    participants.

   Multilateral interconnection using Internet route servers can    dramatically reduce the administrative and operational overhead    associated with connecting to IXPs; in some cases, route servers are    used by IXP participants as their preferred means of exchanging    routing information.

   This document describes operational considerations for multilateral    interconnections at IXPs.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Hilliard, et al.              Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7948             IXP BGP Route Server Operations      September 2016

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