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Meeting Report

A report from RIPE 49 which took place in Manchester from 20-24 September 2004.

The RIPE 49 Meeting was held from 20 - 24 September 2004 at the Renaissance Hotel, Manchester, United Kingdom.

There were 301 participants at the meeting.

Attendees also included government representatives and representatives from AfriNIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC and ICANN.

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of RIPE 49 included an update on the Number Resource Organization from Axel Pawlik, Managing Director, RIPE NCC; a discussion on the RIPE policy development process; a proposal to restructure RIPE Meetings into three days on operational/technical content followed by two days on policy related issues.

The ASO held an election for a seat on the ASO Address Council. Hans Petter Holen was re-elected.

Geoff Huston, APNIC, gave a report on the routing table status for IPv4 and IPv6.

The European Operators Forum (EOF) featured presentations on peering and core network security.

The RIPE NCC, LINX, TeleCity, Telecomplete and XChange Point Europe are thanked for the support they provided to the meeting.

BT Net are thanked for the excellent provision of the meeting Internet connectivity.

 

SUMMARY

ADDRESS POLICY WORKING GROUP

- It was agreed that IPv6 allocations from IANA to the RIRs had to be increased in terms of block size, and that /12 was the best allocation size to use.

- RIPE Chair, Rob Blokzijl, announced that he would publish a draft of the policy development process for the RIPE region.

- There was discussion on the usage of HD ratio for IPv4 and the forthcoming formal proposal regarding this.

- The 200 End Users requirement for receiving an IPv6 allocation was discussed and it was agreed that a formal proposal to remove it should be sent to the community.


DATABASE WORKING GROUP

- It was agreed that the RIPE NCC should implement the "abuse-c:" attribute in the 'irt', 'person', 'role' and inet[6]num object classes.

- It was agreed that the RIPE NCC should implement the poem object in the RIPE Database.


TEST TRAFFIC (TT) WORKING GROUP

- It was noted that ten test boxes, throughout the RIPE region, have been added to the RIPE NCC Test Traffic Measurements matrix in 2004.

- Several significant steps, such as support for the One Way Active Measurement Protocol (OWAMP) and a total rewrite of the alarm program, are underway to enhance the overall TTM experience.

- RIPE NCC DNS Monitoring (DNSMon) is scheduled to become a production service by the end of the year.

- A number of talks, covering various aspects of performance measurements, analysis and monitoring, were held during the session with attendees' input strongly encouraged to generate discussion and to refine a strategic work plan for the Working Group.


ANTI-SPAM WORKING GROUP

- A tutorial on message headers was given by Rodney Tillotson, Working Group Chair.

- The group discussed the issue of improving the RIPE Database for abuse contacts. There was a majority support for a combination of irt objects with some modifications, and for changes to the default Whois behaviour.


IPv6 WORKING GROUP

- The RIPE NCC announced that K-root has been IPv6-enabled since August 2004.

- Geoff Huston, APNIC, gave an update on multihoming in IPv6.

- There was discussion about IPv6 glue for root name servers.


EIX WORKING GROUP

- It was noted that the switching wish list is in last call and that the final review will take place at the Euro-IX meeting in Athens (October 2004).

- It was noted that an Inter Providers Traffic Analyzer tool is available from the Milan Internet Exchange.


ENUM WORKING GROUP

- There was a presentation from the United Kingdom's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on an ENUM Consultation regarding how ENUM should be operated in the UK.

- There was a presentation on ENUM deployment in Sweden.


DNS WORKING GROUP

- It was agreed that the DNS Working Group should take up responsibility for documenting the issues around DNS server migration.

- It was noted that the DNS Working Group Chair would collect requirements for the DNS samples and statistics.

- It was noted that the DNS Working Group Chair would coordinate the production of a RIPE Document based on Fernando Garcia's DNS Server Migration document.


ROUTING WORKING GROUP

- It was announced that the maintenance of the IRR Toolset has been transferred from the RIPE NCC to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC).

- There was discussion on securing the network through hiding the core.

- There was an overview of the RIS project and discussion on the various uses of the myASn BGP monitoring tool.


RIPE NCC SERVICES WORKING GROUP

- It was agreed that the RIPE Chair would look at the possibilities of reworking the framework of RIPE meetings, so that operational content would come at the beginning of the meeting week and policy discussions would come at the end of the week.

- It was agreed that the RIPE NCC would generate statistics on the quantity of spam on the RIPE NCC servers.


TUTORIALS

The RIPE NCC Training Team presented the RIPE NCC IP Request Tutorial. It explained address space assignment and allocation procedures in the RIPE NCC region.


RIPE 49 WEBCASTING AND ARCHIVES

During RIPE 49, the RIPE NCC held trials in collecting feedback from participants watching the webcast. The mediums used for this were IRC and Jabber.


HOSTMASTER CONSULTATION CENTRE (HCC)

The RIPE NCC Hostmaster Consultation Centre was open at RIPE 49, allowing RIPE NCC Members to discuss issues relating to their business directly with RIPE NCC Hostmasters.


"MEET & GREET"

The RIPE NCC's "Meet & Greet" was available for first-time RIPE Meeting attendees at RIPE 49. "Meet & Greet" introduces newcomers to the meetings, to key attendees from the RIPE community and to social events throughout the week.

 

RIPE 50

RIPE 50 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2 - 6 May 2005.