Meeting Report

The ENOG 8/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting took place on 9 September at the Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan. A total of 109 attendees from 17 countries participated in the meeting, including 28 from Azerbaijan.

Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, opened the meeting with a speech about Azerbaijan’s recent technological advances that highlighted the importance of Internet access for all people.

Over the course of the meeting, the theme of interconnectivity came up several times. Jim Cowie, Chief Scientist at Renesys/Dyn, compared the ancient Silk Road trade routes to today’s Internet connections in the region, giving an overview of the current state of regional interconnectivity and average latencies. He highlighted how performance depends on relationships and interconnections, which he noted are constantly shifting. Two other presentations included the importance of Internet Exchange Points and an overview of those in the Eastern European/Central Asian region.

Other technical presentations included a report on DDoS attacks and their mitigation, the need for a “routing resilience manifesto”, and several lightning talks on how to host an L-root instance, the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) and other topics of interest.

Reports from the RIPE NCC included an overview of the organisation’s history and services by Paul Rendek, Director of External Relations. Maxim Butikov of the RIPE NCC’s External Relations team gave an update on recent developments in the Internet governance landscape, explaining that the RIPE NCC is working to ensure there are no major operational disruptions for network operators, as well as how to contribute to the discussions. Marco Schmidt, the RIPE NCC’s Policy Development Officer, explained the Policy Development Process to the audience and encouraged everyone to get involved in developing the policies that affect them. Chief Information Officer Kaveh Ranjbar went into more detail about RIPE Atlas, the RIPE NCC’s global Internet measurement network.

The meeting presentations were given in English and Russian. On-site translation facilities were provided to attendees. Most of the presentations are available online.

Video recordings of the presentations will be available soon.

The RIPE NCC also requested feedback from attendees on how it could improve future meetings. Feedback can be made by anyone via the online survey.

The ENOG 9/RIPE NCC Regional Meeting will take place in Kazan, Russia from 9-10 June 2015.

The meeting was hosted by the RIPE NCC and sponsored by Technical Center of Internet, Internet Society, DE-CIX and MSK-IX.