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Summer Social 2018

Location: Against the Grain, Wexford Street


The INEX 2018 Summer Social will take place on Thursday, 14th June in Against the Grain on Camden Street. Doors open at 7pm and we’re planning to begin the quiz at 7.45pm.

A mix of quiz, comedy, drinks and food, together with the great company of the INEX community, we’re grateful to enet for their support of the event. Tables of four for the quiz and these can be made up on the night or you can hunt down the dream team in advance. Extra point for every separate company represented on the quiz team – four companies represented, four extra points to start off with. The winning team will be rewarded with a fabulous prize!

Hosting the quiz will be musical comedian and MC and Irish Comedian of the Year for 2016/2017, Steve Bennett.

Please feel free to pass this invite on to those in the community who have attended INEX meetings in the past or who are involved in internet networking. Looking forward to another great INEX Summer Social! If you would like to attend but not participate in the quiz, that’s great too.

2018 March meeting and AGM

Location: Tramline Venue, 5 Hawkins Street, Dublin 2


The INEX meeting and AGM will take place in the Tramline Venue on Thursday, 15th March. Registration opens at 12:30pm, with presentations beginning at 1pm.

We have a great line up of speakers and look forward to gathering the INEX community together for our first meeting of 2018. As usual, we welcome delegates from across the IP Community and please do feel free to pass on details of the meeting to your colleagues.

Full details on the AGM will be issued separately to INEX members.

As usual the meeting will be followed by a social event and we will have a dedicated area within Tramline for drinks and lots of their excellent pizza.

Huge thanks to Agile Networks and the team their for their support of this meeting.

Laura Nolan, Senior Site Reliability Engineer at Google
Espresso: Google's SDN peering edge architecture

This talk looks at Espresso, Google's SDN peering fabric. Espresso delivers huge improvements in scale and efficiency at our network edge.

We'll cover how it works, as well as how we launched it, and how we built a cohesive structure and oncall organisation for it out of several diverse teams.

Biog: Laura Nolan has been a Site Reliability Engineer at Google for five years, working on large data infrastructure projects and most recently, networking. Her background is in software engineering and computer science. She wrote the 'Managing Critical State' chapter in the O'Reilly SRE book, and is co-chair of SREcon Europe/Middle East/Africa.

Attilla de Groot, Cumulus Networks
If (network == server) { magic happens }

Cumulus Linux is a NOS that runs on 50+ different hardware platforms used in data centers. Automating a server infrastructure with DevOps tools and a CI/CD environment is common today. What if your network acts like a server, can you do the same?

Biog: Attilla has spent the last 15 years at the cutting edge of networking, having spent time with KPN, Amsterdam Internet Exchange, and HP, with exposure to technology from Cisco, HP, Juniper, and Huawei. He now works for Cumulus Networks, the creators of open networking, where he is able to continue his interest in open architecture design and automation.

Anna Wilson, Service Desk Manager at HEAnet
Stop running servers for your hobbies

When you've any technical knowledge at all, you often end up being the de facto tech person for your family, friends and hobbies. And some of it's even interesting. It's easy to set up a virtual machine running apache and wordpress for your tennis club, calligraphy circle or ice cream appreciation group. Yes, they could use a third party, but we can do a much better job, and cheaper too. Given what we do on a day to day basis, it doesn't feel like very much work.

Please stop.

Cancelled due to illness: Kevin Gannon, Agile Networks
Routing Ethernet

The use of new BGP extensions to allow the ability to place machines anywhere on the network and provide seem-less mobility over an existing L3 network. Also the ability to migrate services without readdressing and needing L2 inter site or a big bang migration.

Barry Rhodes, INEX Chief Executive
Update on INEX
Colin Dalton, INEX Chairperson
Denis Nolan, INEX Operations Team
Update on INEX Operations
John Quinn, Euroroute
Five Minutes of Fame - Associate Member
Michal Krzysztofowicz, senior network engineer, Agile Networks
Death of a Network Engineer

In the past we, Network Engineers, used CLI for everything from device commissioning to service provisioning, to configuration changes due to upgrades, to troubleshooting. This has been riddled with issues (consistency issues, typos, errors due to tiredness or rush), is boring and not very scalable. Let computers do what they're best at through automation to do the menial work and let's free ourselves to use our grey matter for things we're good at like designing and implementing new things. It's not difficult and it can be fun!

Will Hargrave, CTO, LONAP
BGP Session Culling

One of the co-authors of last week's RFC on the topic, alongside our own Nick Hilliard, Will is giving an advanced insight into BGP Session Culling.

INEX Meeting, 7th December

Location: Science Gallery, Pearse Street - Dublin 2


The INEX meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 7th December 2017 in Dublin at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The meeting will begin with registration at 12.30 with presentations beginning at 1pm.

The meeting will be followed by a Christmas social and party which we are holding in conjunction with our meeting sponsors, Interxion. This is taking place in the Temple Bar Hotel, 13-17 Fleet Street and we have an evening with food, drinks and live music to kick off the Christmas buzz. (It’s 750m between the venues walking or we can book a taxi for you if you prefer not to.)

Thanks to Interxion for their support of the INEX Meeting and the Christmas party.



Lee Hetherington, Edge Network Strategy at Facebook
Facebook and its Edge

A short presentation about how Facebook delivers content, to its billions of users using its global network footprint.

Bijal Sanghani, Head of the Euro-IX Secretariat
Peering developments and PeeringDB
Alan O'Reilly, Head of Weather Forecasting at Carlow Weather by night and Customer Experience Manager at Blacknight by day
Dear Santa, Please can I have my own weather station for Christmas

Running the very popular Carlow Weather for a number of year, Alan is going to lift the fog on running your own weather station, how data is gathered, stored and shared.

He'll give an insight to some of the significant events and highs and lows that the station has seen including the recent Storm Ophelia.

For those writing their letters to Santa during the presentation, he'll help to identify the main kit that's required and how local weather stations really help build the big weather picture during extreme events.

Fredrik Korsbäck, NORDUnet
How hard could it be to greenfield a high capacity network?

Fredrik gives an insight to a project they undertook to design and build a new high capacity network.

Barry Rhodes, Chief Executive
Update on INEX
Denis Nolan, Network Engineer
Update on INEX Operations

September 2017

Location: Camden Court Hotel


For the Thursday, 14th September INEX meeting, we’re making a return visit to the Camden Court Hotel at 1pm with registration opening at 12:30pm. The meeting will finish around 5pm and we will move to the Odeon bar which is just around the corner for the social event which will be a BBQ and drinks. We’re putting in an early order for a sunny early Autumn evening so looking forward to a great event.

Please feel free to share details on this meeting with anyone in your company and also those within the community who may wish to hear the speakers we have coming along.

Many thanks to euNetworks who are very generously sponsoring the INEX meeting and social event afterwards. We’re very grateful for the support.

Veronika McKillop, Network Architect at Microsoft and Chair of the UK IPv6 Council

This presentation will cover the journey that Networking team in Microsoft IT took from an IPv4-only to Dual-Stack network. However, the team is not stopping there as this Dual-Stack is IPv6 half-done. The team aims to go IPv6-Only and Veronika will share some details of their experience so far. She will also include differences in challenges that Enterprises face versus Service Providers, as Veronika has observed from the UK IPv6 Council perspective.

Biog: Veronika McKillop works as a Network Architect in Microsoft IT. She leads the Enterprise IPv6 efforts with the long-term goal of moving all corporate services to IPv6-Only. Prior to joining Microsoft, Veronika worked in Cisco as a Consulting Systems Engineer in the Global Service Provider team. Veronika chairs the UK IPv6 Council which she founded in order to bring the technical, business and government community together and progress the IPv6 deployments in the UK.

Linda Doyle Professor of Engineering & The Arts Director CONNECT
An insight to the work of CONNECT

Biog: Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Doyle was also the Director of CTVR, the precursor to CONNECT. Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices.

Marijana Novakovic, Interconnection Strategy at LinkedIn
Developing the peering tool at LinkedIn
Nick Hilliard, INEX CTO
Automation in the XP
Róisín King, INEX operations
Operations Update

An update on developments on the peering infrastructure at INEX

Barry Rhodes, INEX Chief Executive
Update on INEX

Barry will give an update on the management and finances at INEX.

Sergiusz Paprzycki, Senior Network Engineer, Viatel
Optimal BGP route reflection for de-centralized network

2017 Summer Social

Location: Black Sheep pub, Capel Street and Adventure Rooms, Little Britain Street


For the INEX summer social, we’re locking you all up, just for fun.

The INEX community is taking over the Adventure Rooms on the evening of Thursday, 22nd June for a fun and engaging live escape challenge, we’re going to test the grey matter and problem solving ability of the greatest minds in the internet networking industry.

If you manage to escape one of the two escape rooms, there will be food and beer for you about 30 seconds away in the Black Sheep craft beer pub. Their third escape room may even open that week to add a new challenge for those who may previously attended.

http://adventurerooms.ie  – the challenges are not solved by all groups and there is a leader board that we are hoping to be added to on that evening!

Due to the size of our group, we will probably run over two sessions with the first group starting at 6.15/6.30 for those that come straight after work. Let us know when you register if you’re likely to be there for that time or if you’re likely to be later (second session will begin around 8/8.15pm). We will confirm details closer the time when we have a better view of attendee numbers.

If you would prefer not to join in the escape room challenge, that’s ok as you can hold the fort back in the Black Sheep where we have a dedicated area set aside until late on in the evening.

Many thanks to our social event sponsor, ESB Telecoms who will be supporting us with the Adventure Rooms and post-challenge analysis food and drinks in the Black Sheep. We really appreciate their support.

Come along on Thursday, June 22nd and get locked in a room with some INEX friends. On the evening, please come to the Black Sheep pub on Capel Street first and we will go through some housekeeping (non-disclosure forms re. the games mostly) before you get locked up.

(For those who may suffer with claustrophobia, they confirm that there is a key to the door within easy reach inside each room.)


March 2017 INEX Meeting and AGM

Location: Marker Hotel, Misery Hill, Dublin 2


The INEX Meeting which will incorporate the INEX AGM will be taking place on Thursday, 30 March in the Marker Hotel, Misery Hill, Dublin 2. Information on the AGM will be issued to INEX Members via the INEX Members’ mailing list in due course.

This meeting is open to INEX Members and those within the internet industry who have an interest in networking topics and the speakers for this meeting.

As usual, the INEX meeting will be finishing around 5pm and will be followed by drinks and food and a chance to network with those attending.

We are grateful to Zayo for their generous sponsorship of the meeting and the social event that will follow.

On Friday 31st, RIPE NCC community building team will be holding a Member lunch – if you are a RIPE member and would like to attend this, here are the details.


David Malone
What a difference a second makes?

Time is fundamental to the internet but what is time and how have we arrived at the calendar and clock system that we have? David will look at the why leap seconds and leap years are necessary to keep us on track.

Biog: David Malone works in the Hamilton Institute and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He does research usually involving some permutation of mathematics, computers and networking. On the side, he's been sysadmining since 1994 and a committer on the FreeBSD project since 2000. He is the co-author of O'Reilly's "IPv6 NetworkAdministration" along with Niall Murphy.

Michela Galante, RIPE NCC Global Information Infrastructure Team
RIPE Atlas Insights from Ireland and elsewhere

Biog: Michela Galante is a Project Coordinator for the RIPE NCC, working on interdepartmental projects for services such as RIPE Atlas, RIPEstat, K-root, DNSMON and RIS.

Michela represents the RIPE NCC at conferences to promote the use of technical tools such as RIPE Atlas and RIPEstat. She also collects feedback from, and provides support to, the users of these services and tools.

A native of Trieste, Michela has lived in Amsterdam for 15 years, joining the RIPE NCC in May 2013. Prior to this, she spent a decade in software development as a project manager.

Nick Hilliard, INEX CTO
BGP Large Communities

A look at the background to the development of BGP Large Communities which will finally allow organisations using ASN32s to have scalable policy routing.

Barry O'Donovan, INEX Operations Team
Update on INEX Operations
Niall Murphy INEX Chair and Barry Rhodes, INEX Chief Executive
Niall Murphy, Head of Ads Reliability Engineering at Google
Site Reliability Engineering

In his talk, Niall will give some insight to SRE challenges and how they have developed techniques and approaches to meeting these.

Biog: Current head of Ads Reliability Engineering at Google, Niall Murphy has been working in the internet industry for over twenty years, beginning with founding the UCD Internet Society in 1995.

In the early days, Niall cut his teeth with building internet infrastructure in a series of ISPs and the .IE domain registry, and caught the earliest waves of the wireless revolution by designing, implementing and testing various parts of Digifone Online (later O2 & three.ie), Eircell’s ISP (later Vodafone), and being a founding member of Bitbuzz, the Wifi hotspot company now owned by Virgin Media.

He is the author of a number of books, talks, and papers, most recently Site Reliability Engineering (O’Reilly 2016).

Annette Murphy, Zayo
Sponsor talk

Many thanks to Zayo for sponsoring the INEX meeting and social event.

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