BGP community attribute taxonomy
benoit.donnet at uclouvain.be
Tue Dec 4 09:54:04 UTC 2007
Dear Nanog community,
We would like to thank you for helping us in our efforts on
documenting BGP communities.
As researchers, we are now in the process of writing a paper on our
work on BGP communities.
We plan to submit this paper to ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication
Review for the April issue. This is an editorial paper (max. 4 pages).
You can find a preprint of the paper at the following URL: http://
inl.info.ucl.ac.be/communities or directly at http://
Any comments on the paper is welcome.
Thank you very much.
Keep on Rockin'
Benoit & Olivier
Le 15-nov.-07 à 11:05, Benoit Donnet a écrit :
> Dear Nanog community,
> During the past years, we have seen an increasing usage of the BGP
> community attribute. For instance, in a recent BGP table dump from
> routeviews, 99% of the routes stored by the router carries BGP
> In this context, we are currently working on a BGP community
> taxonomy, i.e., we want to classify and document communities
> according to their usage. We describe our taxonomy on the
> following url: http://inl.info.ucl.ac.be/communities
> Based on this taxonomy, we tried to collect as much as possible
> information on BGP communities. This was a daunting task as we
> mainly relied on public database, such as whois server and ISP web
> Our current database of classified BGP communities currently
> contains more than 12,000 entries.
> When running our database and taxonomy on recent BGP table dumps
> from RouteViews and RIPE (last dump from September 2007), we were
> only able to classify, on average, 20% of the encountered communities.
> Based on this result, we ranked the unclassified BGP communities.
> Here is the top 10 of most seen ASes using uncommented communities:
> You can find the top 100 on the following url: http://
> www.info.ucl.ac.be/~donnet/communities.html It gives the AS number
> as well as, for each AS, the various unclassified communities and
> their total frequency (i.e., the number of times the AS with
> unrecognized communities is encountered in table dumps).
> If you have any documentation regarding these communities, it would
> be very helpful if you can send us back this information. The
> easiest way for you is probably to reply to this email and attach
> the information (text, PDF, doc file, ...).
> When our database will be enough representative of the used BGP
> communities, we will made it freely available. We will also
> propose a way for updating (adding or removing) BGP communities
> information in our database.
> Thanks in advance.
> Best regards.
> Dr. Benoit Donnet & Prof. Olivier Bonaventure
> Dr. Benoit Donnet
> Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
> Faculté des Sciences Appliquées - Département d'Ingénierie
> Informatique (INGI)
> Place Sainte Barbe, 2
> 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
> Phone: +32 10 47 87 18
> Home page: http://inl.info.ucl.ac.be/donnet
Dr. Benoit Donnet
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Faculté des Sciences Appliquées - Département d'Ingénierie
Place Sainte Barbe, 2
Phone: +32 10 47 87 18
Home page: http://inl.info.ucl.ac.be/donnet
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