Worth Reading: The Bathtub Curve and Data Center Equipment Reliability

20 May 2020

When digging into reliability engineering theories, you will quickly find the widely used Bathtub Curve. According to this theory, when a product is new to the market, there are substantial rates of early failures – which commonly result from an error with handling or installation —Jake Blough

Worth Reading: Innovium Stays On Broadcom’s Heels With Teralynx 8 Switch Chips

20 May 2020

There is a relentless hunger for bandwidth in the largest datacenters of the world as well as a desire to flatten networks and thereby reduce latencies and the cost of the networks that interconnect servers and storage to provide modern applications. —Timothy Prickett Morgan

Worth Reading: Universal CPE

19 May 2020

Universal CPE (uCPE) solutions require software technology developed to implement software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) packaged onto cost effective server platforms configured to work with cloud-based services. The latest solutions are taking advantage of more than 10 years of development using a mix of proprietary and open source software to build flexible platforms. —Simon Stanley

Worth Reading: Diffie-Hellman

19 May 2020

You have a network of 3 computers, used by Alice, Bob, and Charlie. All 3 participants can send messages, but just in a way that all other clients who connected to the network can read it. This is the only possible communication form between participants. —Dávid Károlyi

Worth Reading: Measuring the benefits of registering in the RPKI

18 May 2020

After many unsuccessful attempts to secure the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), we are now witness an increasing number of networks registering their prefixes in the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI). —Cecilia Testart

Worth Reading: Future Network Requirements for Large-Scale Science

18 May 2020

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is the U.S. Office of Science’s purpose-built high performance network user facility, operating as the “circulatory system” that connects every Department of Energy lab and its user facilities and experiment sites. —Nicole Hemsoth

Worth Reading: The Power of Incentives

14 May 2020

Working in a corporation exposes you to a plethora of business processes. At their heart, these processes are supposed to guide you into correct and appropriate behavior. —Thinking Sideways

Worth Reading: Should I run RPKI-RTR in the cloud?

14 May 2020

It is very tempting to look at the RPKI environment — which needs so-called ‘relying parties’ (the ones who consume the PKI products and have to make decisions based on validating the cryptography) to collect, process and collate a huge amount of information — and say, “Why don’t I run this in the cloud?” —George Michaelson

Worth Reading: Why System Security Is Like Poker, Not Chess

13 May 2020

We don’t like thinking about offense and attack in cyber. But if you think about offense, can’t you develop a better defense? It can be tricky to do informally, what we need are decision and strategy making frameworks. —David Brumley

Worth Reading: Measuring the IPv6 network periphery

13 May 2020

Widespread IPv6 adoption is proportionate to IPv6 measurement initiatives, which characterize, map, and better understand the use and deployment of IPv6. In many respects, IPv6 is no different than IPv4, while in others we find significant differences and, often, need to develop new measurement tools and techniques specific to IPv6. —Erik Rye