25 March 2013

AMS-IX hosts BGP-Mux research project

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AMS-IX' hosting of the BGP-Mux research project from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California fosters Internet research and innovation. Traditionally, the barriers to conduct Internet routing experiments hindered progress. To experiment with novel routing ideas or to understand aspects of the current routing ecosystem, researchers need the ability to actively participate in this ecosystem by emulating an autonomous system (AS). The BGP-Mux testbed is the first system to solve this problem once for all qualified researchers, and peering at AMS-IX is a huge step forward for the project. The testbed can multiplex multiple simultaneous research experiments, each of which independently makes routing decisions and sends and receives traffic. Even in its nascent stage, the BGP-Mux has already enabled research that appeared at top academic and industrial conferences. Without this testbed, none of this research would have been evaluated on the actual Internet, blunting its impact.

Now, the generous hosting of the project by AMS-IX allows the testbed to peer with hundreds of ASs, greatly expanding the BGP-Mux' connectivity and enabling new classes of research that could not be done previously. This peering also serves as a model for future expansion of the testbed. By giving researchers around the world an easy but safe way to conduct BGP-based experiments, the BGP-Mux testbed, in cooperation with AMS-IX, will inspire transformational research on Internet routing.