Did your BGP crash today?

Florian Weimer fw at deneb.enyo.de
Sat Aug 28 12:31:15 UTC 2010

* Randy Bush:

>> To carry out such experiments responsibly, you have to conduct so much
>> testing beforehand that the live test on the actual Internet will not
>> yield new insights (assuming you did your pre-experiment testing
>> properly).
> you seem to assume the purpose of the test was to see if routers
> crashed.  i certainly think mor ehighly of ripe lans folk than that.

We don't yet precisely what was the point of the experiment.

But it is very likely that it intended to study propagation of such
updates.  Not propagating them is a protocol violation, so in order to
observe anything beyond propagation times, they would have to intend
to cause protocol violations, which is, in fact, awfully close to
session resets (thanks to the BGP protocol design).

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