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EEPG agenda and workplan

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  • Date: Sun, 16 Jan 94 17:39:44 +0100

Please find below the agenda for the EEPG meeting in Amsterdam. I have
appended a draft EEPG workplan and terms of reference for discussion 
during this meeting.

See you all in Amsterdam,

  Bernhard.

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                  Draft agenda for the 1:st EEPG meeting

                         Amsterdam, January 25 1994


 1. Admin

     Minutes and like.
     Introduction of the EEPG

 2. Traffic exchange points in Europe

    Traffic exchange points in Europe (pre-GIX DMZ's)

    Presentation of the D-GIX pilot

    As have been indicated in the EEPG workplan there is
    a need to define the frameworks for European traffic
    exchange points. A discussion paper will be submited
    within shortly.

 3. MBONE coordination

    With the ambition of securing a high quality of service
    within the European MBONE installation we need to look
    on some recommendations to be made here.

    Erik-Jan Bos and Tony Bates will make a presentation on
    the subject.

 4. DANTE routing plan

    The DANTE routing plan will be discussed in conjunction
    with general European routing framework.

    Willem van der Scheun will make a presentationon the subject.

 5. The EEPG ToR and workplan

    Discussion of the ToR and workplan for a decision
    on both.

 6. Any Other Business

 7. Closing


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    Draft EEPG Workplan
    Bernhard Stockman
    January 16, 1994

 1. Introduction

    EEPG is active in the area of operational coordination of basic
    network services as described in the EEPG ToR.  Within this area the
    focus will vary depending on the status and needs of the European
    networking community. The EEPG workplan will accordingly be updated
    to reflect current priorities. At the time of writing the
    development and deployment of distributed GIX's and the coordination
    of the multicast service in Europe is seen as having the highest
    priority.

 2. Development and deployment of distributed GIX's in Europe.

    The development and deployment of traffic exchange points comes in
    several aspects:

    - Deployment of traffic exchange points (DMZ's).

      Such traffic exchange points have been announced in Amsterdam,
      Paris and Stockholm. It is probable that also other such points
      will be installed. There is a need to define technical and
      managemental frameworks for exchange points.  It could also be
      useful to make an investigation of existing traffic interchange
      points in Europe not officially announced.

    - Development of distributed GIX's.

      The technology is not fully mature to deploy production mode
      distributed GIX points.  Two European projects are today active in
      the development of distributed GIX's, the PRIDE project and the
      D-GIX pilot project.  EEPG will work in close liaison with these
      projects to provide a forum where emerging ideas and concepts can
      be discussed and recommendations made as necessary.

    - Deployment of distributed GIX's in Europe

      Although the deployment of distributed GIX's may be governed by
      market forces it may show useful to make recommendations on the
      general distribution to secure a stable and manageable network
      infrastructure.  Close related with this is the need to produce
      recommendations on the technical and mangemental frameworks for
      distributed GIX's to secure quality of service.

 3. MBONE coordination

    There is an urgent need to maintain and improve the current European
    MBONE topology and management. EEPG will, in collaboration with the
    global Internet multicast parties, provide recommendations for the
    deployment of multicast services within Europe.

 4. Other areas of interest

    Although not having the highest priority some other areas of
    interest could here be mentioned.

    EEPG will participate in the promotion and deployment of commonly
    agreed statistical frameworks. In this also goes recommendations on
    the positioning of statistical servers to gather traffic data on a
    pan-European level.

    EEPG will participate in the ongoing efforts to estimate network
    growth and its impact on the deployed network infrastructure. When
    needed recommendations will be made to secure scalability and
    quality of service under current growth conditions.

    EEPG will participate in the evaluation of TTS and when necessary
    produce recommendations for the coordinated usage of such systems to
    facilitate for commonly agreed methods in the area of fault
    isolation and repair.

    EEPG will participate in the operational coordination of the domain
    name service service within Europe and in collaboration with the
    global Internet, when necessary produce recommendations for the
    improvement of the deployed European domain name services.

 5. Time schedule for deliverables

    MBONE deployment recommendation:             March 1994
    Traffic exchange requirement specification:  March 1994
    GIX distribution recommendation              July  1994
    GIX framework specification                  July  1994

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                           TERMS OF REFERENCE 

                                  FOR

             EUROPEAN ENGINEERING AND PLANNING GROUP (EEPG)
        

                           Bernhard Stockman
                           December 27, 1993



    The European Engineering and Planning Group is the platform for the
    engineering and deployment planning of the European part of the
    Internet. The Internet shall here be seen in a broader sense not
    just networks based on the TCP/IP protocol suite.  EEPG will be
    active in the area of operational planning and engineering among
    various network service providers.  EEPG will work in close liaison
    with the Intercontinental Enginering and Planning Group (IEPG) and
    bring attention to IEPG key activities as relevant within the
    European networking environment.  EEPG can thus be seen as the
    European branch of the IEPG and European participation in the IEPG
    will be drawn from EEPG.  EEPG is open for anyone but is mainly
    intended for operational planning and engineering among network
    service providers.

    RIPE, being the organization for coordination of European network
    services, is the adequate framework for the EEPG.  EEPG will thus
    have the form of a RIPE Working Group and meet in conjunction with
    general RIPE meetings, currently three times a year.

    With the recent development and growth of the global network
    environment and the foreseen problems in maintaining an ubiquitous
    and homogeneous global network infrastructure the EEPG sees as its
    role to to identify and prioritize key activities of a technical
    nature which have a direct impact on the European and worldwide
    networking environment. For this reason EEPG will:

    - propose solutions for an optimized interconnectivity
      infrastrucutre among European network service providers with the
      ambition of securing maximal connectivity and flexibility in terms
      of engineering and management.  With the increasing number of
      international network service providers, the maintenance and
      improvement of pan-European and global connectivity is an obvious
      challenge.

    - propose coordinated deployment of basic distributed network
      applications.  The overall future of the global networking
      infrastructure is dependent on our common ability to evolve the
      collection of basic applications in the direction of enhanced
      quality and reliability of services.

    - propose practices and methods for efficient fault isolation and
      recovery as well as coordinated information dissemination in the
      area of network management.  The focus here is to advocate the
      necessity of basic common operational methodologies and procedures
      within each network provider's operational domain to ensure that
      the user community can be serviced with a seamless end to end
      capability with appropriate mechanisms to ensure overall quality
      and reliability of the offered service. This area explicitly
      includes Network Information Center (NIC) and Network Operations
      Center (NOC) interaction.

    An EEPG work-plan will be maintained describing current areas of
    interest and priorities. The work-plan will from time to time be
    updated and documented to reflect changes of focus.


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