[Podcast] Measuring RPKI and BGP with Oregon RouteViews

By on 16 May 2024

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This time on PING, Doug Madory from Kentik discusses his recent measurements of the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) system worldwide, and its visible impact on the stability and security of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).

Doug makes significant use of the Oregon RouteViews repository of BGP data, a collection maintained continuously at the University of Oregon for decades. It includes data from 1997, originally collected by the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research Measurement and Operations Analysis Team (NLANR MOAT) project, which has archives of BGP Routing Information Base (RIB) dumps taken every two hours from various sources. These RIB dumps have been made available in human-readable and machine-readable binary formats. This collection has become the default standard for publicly available BGP stats worldwide, along with the RIPE RIS collection.

As Doug discusses, research papers that reference Oregon RouteViews data — there are known to be over 1,000, but likely more that haven’t documented their use of the data — deserve careful consideration. This is because they enable reproducible research, enhancing the ability to test the validity of the conclusions drawn. This data is a valuable tool for conducting higher-quality scientific studies about the Internet’s structure, particularly through BGP.

Read more about Doug’s measurements at Kentik, Oregon RouteViews, the state of BGP and RPKI on the Kentik website, the APNIC Blog, and his APRICOT 2024 presentation:

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