Peering Policies and Route Servers
jcurran at bbnplanet.com
Tue Apr 30 19:35:44 UTC 1996
At 2:12 PM 4/30/96, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
>Setting aside the technological barriers to such an arrangement, an
>optimal configuration would be one in which all routing entities peer with
>one another at all available locations, so as to provide the shortest path
>between routing communities.
I believe that the optimal configuration would actually involve only
one routing entity and no peering at all. I'm pleased that instead
we've implemented a model which (while not optimal) allows for a
growing Internet service provider industry. Solutions which are
optimal under one constraint tend to degenerate in the real world.
Shortest-exit routing and equivalent distributed peering is used to
avoid settlements for transit costs. If there's a strong demand
for dissimiliar peering, then it's likely to appear with settlements.
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