Between 0x2 Nerds Live Stream on Network Complexity

I’m sitting with Jeff Doyle and Jeff Tantsura to talk about network complexity on the Between 0x2 Nerds podcast today at 1PM ET today. The link is here—

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTac5q5SoN0

Join us if you can.

Hedge 103: BGP Security with Geoff Huston

Our community has been talking about BGP security for over 20 years. While MANRS and the RPKI have made some headway in securing BGP, the process of deciding on a method to provide at least the information providers need to make more rational decisions about the validity of individual routes is still ongoing. Geoff Huston joins Alvaro, Russ, and Tom to discuss how we got here and whether we will learn from our mistakes.

Hedge 102: BGP Security with Geoff Huston

Our community has been talking about BGP security for over 20 years. While MANRS and the RPKI have made some headway in securing BGP, the process of deciding on a method to provide at least the information providers need to make more rational decisions about the validity of individual routes is still ongoing. Geoff Huston joins Alvaro, Russ, and Tom to discuss how we got here and whether we will learn from our mistakes.

Keith’s Law (1)

I sometimes reference Keith’s Law in my teaching, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained it. Keith’s Law runs something like this:

Any large external step in a system’s capability is the result of many incremental changes within the system.

Hedge 101: In Situ OAM

Understanding the flow of a packet is difficult in modern networks, particularly data center fabrics with their wide fanout and high ECMP counts. At the same time, solving this problem is becoming increasingly important as quality of experience becomes the dominant measure of the network. A number of vendor-specific solutions are being developed to solve this problem. In this episode of the Hedge, Frank Brockners and Shwetha Bhandari join Alvaro Retana and Russ White to discuss the in-situ OAM work currently in progress in the IPPM Wg of the IETF.

Thoughts on the Collapsed Spine

One of the designs I’ve been encountering a lot of recently is a “collapsed spine” data center network, as shown in the illustration below.