[db-wg] In-band notification mechanism?
Aris Lambrianidis aris.lambrianidis at ams-ix.net
Sat Mar 23 20:31:14 CET 2019
Hi Job, AFAIK (and perhaps I'm missing something) an NRTM feed has a few drawbacks: 1. It still is a pull rather than a push mechanism 2. It doesn't allow any granularity to receiving only specific objects: We would need to receive all of the database as-set and aut-num objects and parse them for the ones we're interested in 3. It needs some red tape before being able to consume it Kind regards, Aris Job Snijders wrote on 23/03/2019 20:05: > Dear Aris, > > Did you consider consuming a NRTM feed? That’s an approach that > already exists. > > Kind regards, > > Job > > On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 19:22 Aris Lambrianidis via db-wg > <db-wg at ripe.net <mailto:db-wg at ripe.net>> wrote: > > Hi Denis, > > We, and other IXPs, create filters (prefix-lists) for services > such as route servers, by parsing aut-num and as-set objects from > IRR databases, such as the RIPE database, using tools such as bgpq3. > > Right now, to the best of my knowledge, the only way to maintain > those filters up to date for all of our route server peers, is to > periodically poll IRR databases for changes. > IMO it would seem more efficient if the database itself notified > us of any changes, rather than us constantly asking the same > question(s). > > Does this make sense? > > That said, I can also think of other use cases in which interested > parties having no direct relationship to certain objects and their > maintainers are interested in finding out of any changes, > especially in the field of research, but let me not delve into > this and keep things simple for the time being. > > Kind regards, > Aris > > > ripedenis at yahoo.co.uk <mailto:ripedenis at yahoo.co.uk> wrote on > 23/03/2019 02:26: >> Hi Aris >> >> Can you clarify one point about this. Are you saying you want to >> be notified if someone changes their data that you have no direct >> relationship with? So if I maintain a set object and you are not >> part of my company and have no direct business relationship with >> me and I have no idea who you are, but if I modify this object >> you want to be notified? >> >> cheers >> denis >> co-chair DB-WG >> >> On Saturday, 23 March 2019, 01:02:48 CET, Aris Lambrianidis via >> db-wg <db-wg at ripe.net> <mailto:db-wg at ripe.net> wrote: >> >> >> Hi Wilfried, >> >> Thank you for the effort in helping out! >> >> Unfortunately this will not do as: >> >> 1. It notifies via an "out-of-band" method (i.e. email). This makes >> it difficult (but not impossible) to handle with automation. >> Nonetheless, the >> more elegant way would be through an API leveraging a push mechanism. >> >> but more importantly: >> >> 2. the "notify:" attribute has to actually be configured with an >> address >> of the >> interested party for it to work. >> >> However I'm looking for mechanism for interested parties to be >> notified of >> any changes in objects independently to what the maintainer has >> configured >> as a notify address. >> >> Kind regards, >> Aris >> >> >> Wilfried Wöber wrote on 22/03/2019 21:50: >> > Hi Aris! >> > >> > Is this what you are looking for? >> > >> > >> https://www.ripe.net/manage-ips-and-asns/db/support/documentation/ripe-database-documentation/notifications/9-2-notification-messages/9-2-1-notification-attributes >> > >> > I may be off-track, of course :-) >> > Wilfried >> > >> > On 22/03/2019 20:29, Aris Lambrianidis via db-wg wrote: >> >> Dear all, >> >> >> >> Back in the day, RFC1996 introduced the NOTIFY mechanism in >> DNS, which significantly helped with information propagation delay, >> >> as it facilitated the transition from a pull (poll) to a push >> (interrupt) model. >> >> >> >> The problem we, as AMS-IX, are facing is quite similar when it >> comes to polling the RIPE database for changes. This seems >> >> inefficient. >> >> >> >> Although the analogy breaks down quickly, as there are no RIPE >> database "clients" similar to DNS slave servers >> >> parsing NOTIFY messages, we would love to see any RIPE API >> created or extended, or any other mechanism implemented by which >> >> a client "registers interest" for any objects it wants to be >> notified of changes. >> >> >> >> As a simple example, if we were to "register interest" (e.g. >> via a REST POST or PUT method) for the AS-AMS-IX-SET as-set >> object, we would be >> >> programmatically notified whenever the "last-modified" field >> of the as-set was changed. >> >> >> >> Based on the above, I have 3 questions: >> >> 1. Does something like what is described above already exist? >> >> 2. If it doesn't exist, would others be interested on such >> functionality? >> >> 3. If it doesn't exist, while knowing that this is only a high >> level overview of the concept and many details are missing, is >> this generally feasible? >> >> >> >> Kind regards, >> >> Aris Lambrianidis >> >> AMS-IX >> >> >> >> > -------------- next part -------------- An HTML attachment was scrubbed... URL: <https://lists.ripe.net/ripe/mail/archives/db-wg/attachments/20190323/bcf7298d/attachment.html>
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