Daily Meeting Report

Sunday, 22 October

Welcome to Dubai, where it’s sizzling hot outside and chilly inside. We welcomed 387 attendees by the end of the first day of RIPE 75.

Sunday’s programme highlights:

Later, attendees gathered by the pool to enjoy the warm Dubai evening for a Meet the RIPE NCC Executive Board social and the RIPE 75 Welcome Reception.

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Monday, 23 October

Day two of RIPE 75 saw over 440 checked in attendees gather together at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai. Attendees continued to make the most of the RIPE Networking App with 230+ individuals logging in to schedule meetings and send messages to one another.

Monday’s programme highlights:

The plenary sessions having come to an end, the Diversity Task Force met at 6pm to explore options for increasing participation and diversity at RIPE Meetings. Shortly after, there was a special reception to welcome all newcomers. Finally, with the meeting at a close for the day, guests boarded the buses for night of networking, tasty appetisers, drinks, and a whole lot of fun over at the beautiful Cielo Sky Lounge.

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Tuesday, 24 October

Day three of RIPE 75 saw 460 attendees checked in for the first day of RIPE Working Group (WG) sessions.

Tuesday’s programme highlights

Measurement Analysis and Tools (MAT) WG

  • A new UDP protocol – the keyed UDP – received a largely enthusiastic response
  • The RIPE NCC presented on the release of a set of geolocation APIs for estimating geolocation information and OpenIPmap
  • Christian Kauffmann stepped down as chair of the MAT WG with the audience applauding him for his efforts over the years

Address Policy WG

  • Feedback from the RIPE NCC on a number of issues:
    • An update on the clean-up of ALLOCATED PI/UNSPECIFIED resources in the RIPE Database
    • Outdated text references in the IPv4 policies
    • Uptake of 32-bit ASNs
    • Clarifying whether the IPv6 policies should be interpreted in a way that allows holders of multiple LIRs to request multiple IPv6 allocations
    • Clarifying whether the RIPE NCC’s approach concerning IXP IPv4 assignments is correct
  • A discussion of a proposal to clarify IPv6 PI sub-assignments

Connect WG

  • A presentation on Inferring BGP Blackholing in the Internet received a lot of discussion and attention
  • The co-chairs requested feedback and more interesting content for the working group

Internet of Things (IoT) Session

RIPE NCC Services WG

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Wednesday, 25 October

There were 483 attendees checked in at RIPE 75 for another full day of RIPE Working Group (WG) sessions.

Wednesday’s programme highlights

Routing WG

  • A discussion about the charter of the WG with support at the microphone for more focus on the IETF, IXPs and BGP security.
  • Joao Damas announced this would be his last meeting as co-chair and Ignas Bagdonas will take his place
  • A presentation from a RACI attendee on Power Prefix Prioritisation for Smarter BGP Reconvergence that prompted an active dialogue with the audience
  • A chart-filled look at BGP more specific announcements, with key findings noting that they add to the size and update of the BGP load, there’s a decline in hole punching, overlays becoming more prevalent and IPv6 instability being higher than IPv4
  • A look at Pseudowire, a tunnel mechanism that carries traffic encapsulated in a lower layer like MPLS
  • A discussion on tackling foreign ROUTE objects in the RIPE Database
  • A mini BoF on Internet Routing Health Measurement

Cooperation WG

Open Source WG

Anti-Abuse WG

Database WG



The day’s programme ended with a workshop on configuring CPE for transition mechanisms. Attendees then boarded buses and headed off to the final social of the meeting week, the RIPE 75 Dinner at the Dubai Marine Resort.

See you tomorrow for the last day of RIPE 75.

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Thursday, 26 October

Thursday’s programme highlights

  • A special emphasis on funds dedicated to community/industry development – including women in tech initiatives – in the various RIR service regions: AFRINIC (FIRE Africa), APNIC (APNIC Foundation), RIPE NCC (RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund), LACNIC (FRIDA regional fund for digital innovations).
  • A description of activities to increase awareness of, and enhance participation in, the Policy Development Process.
  • A presentation on the findings of the ASO Review Report,  presenting three options to be considered for next steps in the Internet number community:
    • Status quo
    • Increased coordination
    • Adoption of two-house “ASO Council”
  • An epic journey through SUNET’s comprehensive renovation of a Swedish fibre network.
  • A description of Akamai’s traffic optimisation via the implementation of a multiservice backbone solution.
  • A peek into the specificity of UAE customs codes, and the joy of surprise power outages due to vacuum cleaner interference.

Meeting Statistics:

  • 483 attendees checked in
  • 176 first-time attendees
  • RIPE Networking App (totals for the week): 251 participants; 561 messages; 741 meetings!
  • Attendees from more than 54 countries

RIPE Working Group co-Chair Changes

  • MAT WG: Brian Trammell replaces Christian Kaufmann
  • Routing WG: Ignas Bagdonas replaces Joao Damas
  • DNS WG: Joao Damas replaces Jaap Akkerhuis
  • Database WG: David Hilario stepped down
  • IoT WG: Jim Reid volunteered to be chair-elect

RIPE Programme Committee Changes

  • Thank you to outgoing PC members Jelte Jansen, Alex Semenyaka and Mike Hughes
  • Welcome to new PC members Khalid Samara and Dmitry Kohmanyuk

Elise Gerich, VP of ICANN and IANA/PTI, NANOG co-founder and beloved community member, announced her retirement. Hans Petter Holen, on behalf of the RIPE community, thanked Elise for her many years of service.

Hans Petter Holen announced the IoT WG Proposed Charter and the RIPE Diversity Task Force Draft Charter.

The RIPE NCC Executive Board appointed Hervé Clément as NRO NC representative from the RIPE NCC service region.

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Thank you for making RIPE 75 a success. See you all at RIPE 76 in Marseille from 14-18 May 2018.