RIPE 16 - Proposed European Internet Architecture WG
From: k13@localhost (Rob Blokzijl)
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1993 15:13:15 +0200
Address: Kruislaan 409, P.O. Box 41882, 1009 DB Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Organisation: Nikhef-H (National Institute for Nuclear and High-Energy Physics)
Phone: +31 20 5925102, +31 20 6924218 (home)
Telefax: +31 20 5925155
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please find below a document produced by Bernhard Stockman as background
material for the proposed EIA WG.
See you all in Amsterdam,
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| Here is the draft version of the EIA charter as discussed
| out in nowhere in California.
| European Internet Architecture (EIA) WG
| During the course of Internet based networks in Europe an intensive
| developments has been observered. The number of connected hosts has
| increased exponential from around 30000 in October 1990 to 450000 at
| the latest count in August 1993. (See RIPE DNS Host Count Reports).
| Together with these massive increase in Internet connected hosts
| comes a corresponding increase in the number and size of Internet
| regional, national and international networks within Europe.
| As a result of this growth a need for coordination of networking
| between Internet networks in Europe was early observed which was one
| of the main reasons for the formation of the RIPE organization and
| the installation of the RIPE NCC. An important outcome was the
| specification of a RIPE database today containing information of
| various aspects of the European Internets. One aspect of this
| database was the ability to describe routing policies via a
| dedicated routing database. (The actual format of this database is
| described in the ripe-81 document).
| The need for routing stability has been seen as one of the most
| important aspects of today Internet networking and several efforts
| are today ongoing aiming to define and implement means and methods
| to guarantee routing stability. In Europe this has been provided
| via the RIPE routing database in conjunction with the European Route
| Server implementation. This is today fully covered within the PRIDE
| project managed by the RIPE NCC. (See the project specification for
| the PRIDE project for further details).
| Although the today routing technology offers a variety of tools for
| different requirements based on technical and political needs there
| are certainly limitation to what this technology can provide. For
| this reason there is a need to further investigate interconnectivity
| and topology developments within Europe and between Europe and the
| Global Internet with the ambition of provide recommendations for the
| maintenance and improvement of the European routing stability.
| As a first step towards an open and fully interconnected European
| Internet the European Internet Architecture WGs aims at an initial
| review of possible developments within Europe and by this produce
| document(s) describing the observed possible paths that can be taken
| and the consequences for the European Internet connectivity.
| As this effort concentrates on the European part of the Internet it
| is natural that it takes the form of a RIPE WG. However, as some
| aspects in this effort will have to do with the European Internet
| connectivity towards the Global Internet it is also seen as
| necessary that part of this work is done in close collaboration with
| the Global Internet engineering and operations especially as
| represented by IEPG.
| Goals and Milestones:
| September 1993
| First review of charter, definition level of ambition. Drafting of
| the main topics to be covered
| January 1993
| Fist draft ready to be discussed and further improved.
| May 1994
| Final version ready to be submitted to RIPE and other interested
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