Birds of a Feather (BoF)

BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions are held at RIPE Meetings to start an informal discussion on a topic of shared interest among RIPE Meeting attendees. If a BoF attracts sufficient interest, it might become a RIPE Task Force or Working Group.

Tuesday 13 May 18:00 – 19:00

Network Scalability

There are limits up to what level a given network can be scaled to based on architectures and technological components, network design and specific implementation aspects.

If implementation aspects are left aside, the scalability properties of the network could be quantified by analysing the properties of state behaviour – identifying state accumulation points, state distribution and rate of state change, amount of control and data plane structures and identifiers needed.

The result of such analysis could indicate the possible scalability level that could be achieved with the given technology and architecture choices.

A scalability analysis BoF was planned for IETF89 but did not materialise due to the lack of input from operators. The goal of this BoF is to determine whether or not the operations community would find scalability analysis valuable, where the work could be done and how it could be coordinated with IETF work.

Ignas Bagdonas, Routing System

Where: Sections ABCD

Thursday 15 May 09:00 – 10:30

Connect BoF

The Connect BoF is the evolution of the work achieved by the EIX Working Group following its conclusion at RIPE 67. The goal is to broaden the scope of EIX to other aspects of interconnectivity while avoiding overlap with other RIPE Working Groups as much as possible. The main topic of discussion will be the charter of a potential new RIPE Working Group followed by presentations on interconnectivity.

Nina Bargisen, Netflix
Edwin Punt, NL-IX
Martin Levy, CloudFlare London

Where: Sections ABCD

Thursday 15 May 18:00 – 19:00


The RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) aims to increase ties between the RIPE community and the academic/research sector. The RIPE NCC selects five academics to attend the RIPE 68 Meeting and present their Internet-related research to, and receive feedback from, the community. At the RACI BoF, those academics who have not presented in the main RIPE Meeting program will present and discuss their research.

Where: Sections ABCD