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Meeting Report

A summary of session highlights and actions from the RIPE 40 meeting.

Internet Address Policy Discussions

Editorial committee for the re-write of the policy (RIPE-185) document assembled.

The RIPE NCC published a first draft of the new policy document in August. Editorial committee will revise the draft in coming months.

Policy change:

Assignment Window for infrastructure

Former AW policy stated that LIRs can make assignments within their AW per customer within 12 months, without consulting the RIPE NCC.

It was agreed to modify this policy that LIRs can make assignments to their own infrastructure without being required to consult the RIPE NCC.

There was a short discussion about modifying current address policy to allow LIRs to make sub-allocations. This will be further discussed on the LIR-WG mailing lists.

IPv6 Address Allocation Policy:

New policy proposals were presented, similar to proposals made at the APNIC meeting - The new proposals will be presented at the ARIN meeting in Miami, Florida, 28 Oct.
With no final agreement yet, the RIPE NCC, together with a with small editorial team, will draft an interim policy

A mailing list was created to discuss IPv6 allocation policy on a global level : <[email protected]> - It was agreed that allocations made by RIRs to LIRs should be on nibble boundaries.

IPv6 Assignments for IXPs:

The interim policy agreed on before the RIPE meeting was adopted with the modification that the default assignment size to IXPs would be a /48 instead of a /64.

ASO Address Council Elections:

Hans Petter Holen Re-elected:

Hans Petter Holen, Technical Manager of Tiscali AS, was elected for another 3 year term to the ASO Address Council at the elections held at the RIPE 40 plenary. Hans Petter is currently the Chair of the RIPE LIR-WG.

Policy Development Process:

Rob Blokzijl, RIPE Chair, described the global policy development process:

  • Proposal in one region (e.g., RIPE WG)
  • Coordination with other regions
  • Possible further refinement and review
  • This process decreases discrepancies between regional policies (more and more policies globally applicable), but also increases time it takes to develop policy
  • A document to describe and clarify this process will be forthcoming

RIPE Database, RPSL Update:

The RIPE NCC has taken on RAToolset support and development (Now known as IRRToolset).

Extensions to RPSL were requested to support IPv6 and Multicast Routing Registry. This also called for a broader review of the specification.

Almost 3 million unreferenced person objects were removed from the RIPE Database. Discussions are ongoing on how to keep data in the RIPE Database
focused on Internet operations.

After the completion of the migration to RPSL and the recent RIPE Database releases, the RIPE NCC is now ready to actively progress with adding new functionality. The DB-WG was quite active this time, resuming its traditional role of a forum for discussion of new features to add value to RIPE Database users (e.g. Incident Response Team (IRT) object, time stamping, etc.)

New objects and attributes were discussed. The (IRT) object was given the "go ahead"; other proposals are under consideration.

Collaboration with APNIC is increasing and it was great to be able to have George Michaelson, APNIC Technical Services Manager, participating actively in all Database related discussions.

The Tools-WG was quite well attended and the RIPE NCC received good feedback for further tool development.


DNSSEC Workshop:

The RIPE NCC developed a hands-on workshop/tutorial, showing system administrators how to secure a zone using DNSSEC.This course was offered to the community for the first time immediately after RIPE 40. We plan to offer this course at regular intervals in 2002.


Bandwidth Analysis:

A first prototype of a bandwidth measurement setup was presented at RIPE 40; it will be turned into production in the next month.

Tutorials & Presentations:

IP Request Tutorial:

The IP Request tutorial, a refined version of the LIR training course, was also presented

IPv6 Tutorial by Florent Parent:

Once again, the popular IPv6 tutorial at the RIPE meeting was well attended.

BGP Tutorial by Philip Smith:

Part of the EOF session, this tutorial focused BGP techniques and setting up multihoming.

Proper Filtering Presentation by Randy Bush:

Focusing on the benefits of proper filtering to prolong the lifetime of routing table space (a short term solution) also buying enough time to develop a new routing protocol.