[ih] The story of BGP?

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Thu Feb 7 10:49:19 PST 2013

I believe you'll find a lot of what you want to know in Yakov Rehkter's
talk on BGP at 18 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mn4kKVBdaM).

> There are two big gaps here, of course.
> (1) Where did BGP come from, who drafted the spec, why was it settled
> on as what we all switched to in 1994? Were there alternatives in
> mind?

As you'll see, the story is that a couple of very frustrated engineers
drafted BGP over lunch on a napkin.

They were frustrated because the IETF was flailing around looking at

> (2) How is the BGP we switched to in 1994 different from the BGP we
> used today, and who drove those changes?

Many people can speak on this topic better than I can.



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