Palo Alto, CA - Aug. 4 & 5, 2014


Day 1: Network Peering 101

Learn about the basics of Internet peering including terminology, application, processes, and experiences from a practical and business perspective. Participants will gain a greater understanding of when and how direct interconnection fits into the strategic interests of your company.

8:00AM to 9:00AM


9:00AM to 9:30AM

Opening Remarks/Sponsor Introductions

9:30AM to 10:15AM

Internet Transit

William B. Norton, IIX

This discussion will explore the Internet Transit Service, the model used by 99.99% of all Internet connections. Then it will go on to highlight a handful of the techniques used by some of the most intelligent network coordinators to optimize their transit purchases.

10:15AM to 11:00AM

Network Peering, The Business Case for Peering and Next Generation Interconnection

William B. Norton, IIX

As an overview, this topic will bring forward the foundational definitions and apply the terminology with: The Business Case for direct interconnection, Selecting an IXP, and Public vs. Private interconnection. Participants will be introduced to the financial proof and metrics that demonstrate when direct interconnection makes sense.

11:00AM to 11:30AM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

11:30AM to 12:00PM

The Evolution of the U.S. Peering Ecosystem

William B. Norton, IIX

This talks spotlights the Internet Peering Ecosystem, the corresponding power positions and predictable behaviors. This presentation sets the stage to understand the interconnect political dynamics.

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Lunch and Exhibits

1:10PM to 1:40PM

Surviving a DDoS Attack - What Every Host Needs to Know

Martin Levy, CloudFlare

Attendees will hear the source of the attacks, best practices for good protocol hygiene, what steps to take to implement infrastructure ACLs and how to build relationships upstream in order to survive.

1:45PM to 2:15PM

Peering Improves Performance

Zaid Ali Kahn, LinkedIn & Ritesh Maheshwari, LinkedIn

This talk will present the performance benefits observed from peering over millions of page loads.

2:20PM to 2:50PM

Remote Peering

Tim Parker, GoDaddy

Attendees will hear the three tenet argument for how peering improves security in a preemptive architecture.

2:50PM to 3:10PM

Coffee Break and Exhibits

3:10PM to 3:40PM

Peering "Tricks-of-the-Trade"
William B. Norton, IIX
What happens when peering requests go unanswered? Or when peering requests get the “No” answer? Do peering coordinators give up and move on? This talk highlights some of the clever maneuvers that network operators use to obtain peering where they otherwise would not have been able to establish peering.

3:45PM to 4:15PM

Peering in A Major
Steve Ginsberg, Pandora
This industry expert led discussion is based on a company’s quest for optimizing end-user experience for its service. Attendees will hear a talk on ‘peering practicum’ – what works well, what makes peering different and better than commodity transit and how does one select peers and/or lure potential peers.

4:20PM to 4:50PM

Pro’s and Con’s of Route Servers
Andy Davidson, LONAP
This talk will highlight the role of the Route Server (RS) to automate the addition of peers. Once peered with the RS, the network router is peered with all network that are peered with the RS.

4:50PM to 5:00PM

Daily Debrief
An end of the day post mortem highlight of the day’s presentations and announcements/adjustments for the next day.

5:30PM to 8:30PM

Cocktail Reception - Tied House
Sponsored by IIX

Day 2: Next Generation Interconnection 2.0

Day two will dig deeper into interconnection ideals, strategies, problems, trends and improvements of Internet interconnection. The discussions will cover questions that arise in the ensuing phases of interconnection.  What happens when extending networks into the island peering model is not justifiable? What does a peering backbone system look like and what value does it bring? How does it scale? What are the criteria for determining if a physical peering presence is required? These are just some of the questions covered during Day 2.

8:00AM to 9:00AM

Breakfast and Exhibits

9:25AM to 9:55AM

Keynote: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Jay Adelson
Jay will share their perspective on the evolution of peering and Internet operations over the years.

10:00AM to 10:45AM

The Value of a "Peer" - Part I
Dave Siegel, Level 3
The word “peer” suggests equal footing, that the two parties would benefit about equally from the interconnect relationship. But how is that value measured? This talk will introduce a method for determining the value of peering based on distance or “bit-mile” measurements of value.

11:00AM to 11:30AM


Coffee Break and Exhibits

11:00AM to 11:30AM

Shortest Path Bridging (SPBM) – Simple Technology for a Robust Cloud
Paul Ubenhagen, Co-author of IEEE 802.1aq/Shortest Path Bridging
(SPBM) provides a simple layering approach in layer 2/2.5. This talk, presented by one of the authors of the specification, will introduce the technology as a simpler and higher performance alternative to MPLS, one that is particularly well suited as the underlayment for distributed peering services.

11:35AM to 12:00PM

The Case for Distributed & Interconnected IXPs
Al Burgio, IIX
This talk will look at the hybrid model (of Local IXPs directly interconnected across multiple markets) from a mathematical point of view, including a value comparison using the network-effect formula known as Metcalfe’s law. 

12:00PM to 1:15PM

Lunch and Exhibits

1:20PM to 1:55PM

Interconnection Automation
Andy Davidson, Allegro Networks

2:00PM to 2:30PM

Open-IX Panel: Past, Present, Future
Derek Garnier - Layer 42
Clint Heiden - EdgeConneX 
Vinay Nagpal - Dupont Fabros Technology 
Robert DeVita - Cologix 
Keith Mitchell - OARC

One of the most interesting and disruptive activities in peering is based on the community desire to open up the Internet Exchange Point architecture in the U.S. Some prefer the European Model IXP model, while others prefer an open and organic community run IX. This talk will highlight the Open-IX initiative, where they came from and where they are going.

2:35PM to 3:05PM

Interconnection Automation
Zaid Ali Kahn, LinkedIn
LinkedIn has developed their own peering configuration and management tool integrated based on data collected from peeringdb. In this talk LinkedIn peering engineers will share their experiences peering and how they have automated the lion’s share of the activity.

3:05PM to 3:20PM

Coffee Break

3:25PM to 3:55PM

The Power of Interconnection Cooperation
Keith Mitchell, OARC
The Internet operations community has been shaped in fits and starts, by innovations and new disruptive businesses, and in emerging markets with opportunities to interconnect with greater efficiencies. This talk focuses on the interpersonal dynamics in the interconnections community, where working together has proven more effective than working independently.

4:00PM to 4:25PM

Interconnection Changes in a Post Exhaustion World
Richard Jimmerson, ARIN
As the ipv4 address space reaches exhaustion, what are the peering implications moving into the future?

4:30PM to 4:55PM

IPv6 Peering
Owen Delong, Hurricane Electric
What do peering coordinators need to know about IPv6 peering?

5:00PM to 5:10PM

Daily Debrief
An end of the day post mortem highlight of the days presentations and announcements/adjustments for the next day.

5:15PM to 8:15PM

Close Peer 2.0, Cocktail Hour