June 16, 2017

The initiative on BGP protocol upgrade offered by Qrator Labs successfully passed the “adoption” stage

Dear colleagues, we are glad to announce the following important piece of news.

The initiative on BGP protocol upgrade implementing an automatic protection mechanism against route leaks, where Qrator Labs engineers were directly involved from the start, successfully passed the “adoption” stage and moved to the Interdomain Routing (IDR) working group.

The next step is the finalization of the draft within the IDR and the review of the IESG (Internet Engineering Steering Group). If these stages would be passed and completed the draft would become the new RFC network standard.

Authors: Alexander Asimov and Evgeny Bogomazov from Qrator Labs, Randy Bush from Internet Initiative Japan, Kotikalapudi Sriram from the US. NIST and Keyur Patel from Arrcus Inc. are acutely aware of the fact that the industry has a high demand for the proposed changes. However, hurry is unacceptable, so the authors would do their best to make the proposed standard convenient for both transnational operators and small networks.

We are grateful to all technical specialists who expressed their support in the timeframe of an adoption call. At the same time, we say a big “Thank you!” to those who did not just express an opinion, but sent their detailed commentaries. We will try to take them into consideration for future changes to this particular draft.

We would also like to inform interested engineers — you still have the opportunity to express your thoughts and wishes for making additions and clarifications through the IETF mailing list or with the help of Qrator Labs initiatives website.

It is important to note that by the time the final decision is taken the standard should have two working prototypes. One of them is already available — this is our fork based on the Bird routing daemon, available at Github. We invite vendors and the open source community to join this process and walk the same path together.