[ih] The story of BGP?

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Fri Feb 8 12:30:16 PST 2013

> On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM, John Curran <jcurran at istaff.org> wrote:
> >> One of the most entertaining moments in my history of IETF involvement
> >> was when Hans-Werner Braun and I explained NSFNet and ARPAnet routing
> >> interworking.  Everything was still hierarchical so we did it all with
> >> RIP and a lot of following default routes.  Dave Clark slapped his
> >> forehead.  Jon Postel just shook his head.  Yes we needed something
> >> like BGP but that took a few years.
> >
> > Yes, it was RFC 1092/1093 that nicely documented the problem with strictly 
> hierarchical
> > EGP routing when the topology actually wasn't hierarchical... EGP+IGRP comb
> ined with the
> > exceptions for the interesting lateral connections often resulted in breaka
> ge for anyone
> > at multiple NSFNET NSS connections (e.g. CSNET with NSS 8/JVNC, NSS 6/SDSC)
>  unless some
> > real care was taken in configs.
> 1989 is the earliest we have for documenting that?  We knew it at least in 19
> 86.

I think some is documented in the Mills/HWB paper at SIGCOMM '87.


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