Meeting Report | ENOG 11

Meeting Report

The ENOG 11/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting took place from 7-8 June 2016 at the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel in Moscow, Russia. A total of 550 attendees from 13 countries participated in the meeting, 518 of whom were from Russia.

The meeting was hosted by the RIPE NCC and MSK-IX and sponsored by Technical Centre of Internet, Netnod, and NL-ix.

The meeting was opened by Andrei Voarbiov, CEO of ccTLD for .ru, who noted how far ENOG had come since it had started. He said his organisation was IPv6-enabled and this was where a lot of their overlap with RIPE came from. He noted that at the last Internet sovereignty conference, a document had been developed with proposals that would be passed to the government that highlighted the importance of the IPv6 for the Internet of Things.

Welcoming attendees on behalf of MSK-IX, Alexsey Platonov, CEO of TCI, announced a couple of projects his organisation was undertaking: a new magazine on critical Internet infrastructure that was edited by Andrei Robachevsky, and a new platform that would allow researchers to study the Internet environment. He said the Russian Internet was under-studied (despite initiatives like RIPE Atlas) which was why they were launching the initiative.

There was also a brief welcome from Andrei Tumanov of the Russian Federation Parliament, who spoke about the government’s role in enforcing rules online.

In the opening plenary, Stefan Meinders presented some Internet trends, noting that the number of ASNs delivering the majority of Internet traffic was decreasing over the years – thousands of ASNs made up 50% of the traffic in 2007, by 2009 150 ASNs made up 50% of traffic, and by 2016 just 10 ASNs made up 70% of traffic.

There was a panel on Internet measurements featuring Luca Sani, Alexander Asimov, Alexander Isavnin, Christian Teuschel and Stefan Meinders. The participants explained what they were measuring and discussed the possibility of collaboration to correlate their findings. Addressing the question of why they were measuring the Internet, the answers ranged from making ISPs more efficient to the available data not being representative of the ecosystem. Christian explained that in the RIPE NCC’s case they had a mandate from the community to run the RIPE Atlas network and while it was of immediate use to ISPs, as their measurements developed, the list of people interested would likely include regulators and other government stakeholders.

The second day contained a packed agenda with a range of presentations – topics included an overview of some legal cases affecting networks in Russia, an update on IPv4 transfers in the region, new gTLDs and the stability of the root system, and an examination of the top misused ASNs.

In the afternoon, Louis Pouzin presented on his work in the early days of the Internet on the French Cyclades network and went on to talk about the Open DNS project as a future path for the Internet going forward.

There were a number of IXP presentations at the meeting. Egor Drobyshev gave an update from SEA-IX, Thomas King presented on IXP peering services as a commodity, Konstantin Chumachenko gave his view on the future of IXPs and Timothy Dentin offered some advice on how to grow an IXP.

Axel Pawlik gave an update from the RIPE NCC, explaining (among other things) their efforts to connect with members on a more regional level and also to understand the changing nature of their membership. Andrea Cima also provided an update on the latest policy developments in the RIPE NCC service region.

The meeting presentations were given in English and Russian. On-site translation facilities were provided to attendees. The presentations are available in the archive and session videos in both English and Russian are available on the ENOG YouTube Channel.

The RIPE NCC also requested feedback from attendees on how it could improve further meetings. Feedback could also be given through an online survey.

The ENOG 12/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting will take place in Yerevan, Armenia from 3-4 October 2016.