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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.

December 2016

Location: The Marker Hotel, Misery Hill, Dublin 2


The INEX meeting will take place on Thursday, 1st December in the Shannon Room of the Marker Hotel on Misery Hill in Dublin.

We have a great line up of speakers and we would be delighted for you to share the details of this meeting with any colleagues who you believe may enjoy these presentations.

The meeting will be followed by a social event in HQ bar / restaurant, right next door to the Marker Hotel. We will have food and drinks there directly after the meeting.

The meeting and social event is very generously sponsored by Agile Networks and Juniper Networks and we thank them for their support. They will be holding a Lunch and Learn session just before the INEX meeting, starting at 12 noon and all INEX meeting attendees are invited to register for this.

Full details on the Agile Networks and Juniper Networks ‘Lunch and Learn’ are here including details on how to register for this event. Please register for the INEX meeting as well.

Paolo Lucente, Founder and Principal Developer

It's been 10 years since Paolo last presented at an INEX meeting and we are delighted to have him return. At our December meeting, Paolo will look at pmacct which is a free, open-source and featureful telemetry collector which is well adopted in the Service Provider arena worldwide and authored by the presenter. This presentation wants to provide an introduction to the capabilities and benefits of the pmacct software along with an overview of some of its use-cases.

Amanda Galligan, Snr Network Engineer, Workday
Network Testing/Validation using Virtualization

In her talk, Amanda will look at network testing/POC and how engineers can lever existing products like Virtualbox/KVM or even Public cloud providers to spin-up test environments

It's now possible for network engineers to use virtualization to build very complex lab environments where they can safely test changes or introduce new designs - Amanda will give some insights to how this benefits and run a demo on the day.

Peter Stevens, Mythic Beasts
IPv6 Only hosting
TJ McIntyre, Chair of Digital Rights Ireland and Lecturer at UCD School of Law
Surveillance Reform in Ireland. Why it matters and why the tech community should be concerned.

Biog: Dr TJ McIntyre is Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin where he specialises in issues involving information technology law and civil liberties. He holds a BCL from University College Dublin (First Class Honours), an LLM from University College London and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His doctoral thesis was on the topic of internet filtering law and governance.

He qualified as a barrister in the Honorable Society of King's Inns, Dublin where he achieved the Antonia O'Callaghan Prize for Advocacy, and was later admitted as a solicitor by the Law Society of Ireland. He is a member of the New York Bar.

He is chairman of the independent civil liberties group Digital Rights Ireland and regularly appears in the national and international media discussing issues of law and technology.

Barry Rhodes
Update from the Chief Executive

Barry will do a review of 2016 today and include details of plans for 2017 including port charges.

Nick Hilliard
Update from Operations

A review of activity in the operations team since the last meeting including a look at the recently completed LAN1 renumbering project.

INEX The Roaring 20s

Location: The Liquor Rooms, Aran Quay, Dublin 2

To celebrate INEX’s 20th Anniversary, INEX – The Roaring 20s event will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, 22nd September in the Liquor Rooms at 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (beside the Clarence Hotel).

After the brief EGM, we will have an intro from Barry Rhodes and following that a Fireside Chat event which will be facilitated by Alex French, an INEX Member from the very early days. Alex will be talking through INEX and Irish internet history with a number of people from the early days of the exchange and the industry highlighting some of the key moments and funny stories from those times.

We’ll hear about the process of getting agreement between the founder organisations, the early data centre challenges and the costs of connectivity back then. We’ll also hear about the unique challenges of bringing internet connectivity to islands off the west coast of Ireland and navigating the unusual challenges of delivering services both side of the border in Donegal/Derry.

At 6:30, the event will move to the The Roaring 20s party in the Rabbit Room speakeasy of the Liquor Rooms for drinks, food and entertainment.

We have had a great response to the invitation to far with a number of those involved from the very early days coming along to share their stories and meet former colleagues.

If you have stories from the early days either in INEX or in the bringing to life of the internet anywhere in the country, we’d love to hear from you.