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Open Source Routing: The Next Frontier

Atanu Ghosh, Senior Researcher, International Computer Science Institute

Track: Emerging Topics
Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 11:35am - 12:20pm
Location: D137-138

Open source operating systems, web infrastructure, and application software are rapidly gaining traction in the IT market, as vendors and developer communities begin to deliver robust, cost-effective alternatives to proprietary solutions. Network routing, however, is still largely dominated by monolithic hardware/software offerings that draw significant price premiums and, by virtue of their closed nature, have tended to stifle innovation in the routing arena.

Motivated by this latter concern, the eXtensible Open Routing Platform (XORP) project was begun in 2001, with the goal of providing an open platform to support routing research and experimentation. As the XORP platform has matured, it has also proven a viable base for commercial exploitation.

This talk will provide an overview of XORP, including its:
Design philosophy: Design for extensibility from the start;
Architecture: Modular, multi-process and OS independent;
Development status: Major IPv4 and IPv6 protocols complete;
Licensing policy: Free BSD style; and
Future aspirations: Router applications and more.