The European Internet Exchange Association (Euro-IX) was formed in the spring of 2001 and LONAP joined soon after in November that same year. The association aims to develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community by coordinating technical standards, developing common procedures, and sharing best practice. Euro-IX provides a focus for the Internet exchange operator community to share ideas and experiences. It is also a place to coordinate input to technical standards, develop common procedures, and to publish statistics and other useful information. It does this through in-person meetings, virtual events, mailing lists and working groups. Euro-IX also holds two fora each year at locations throughout Europe.
Euro-IX also has a role in collecting information about the worldwide internet exchange industry. It does this through IXP-DB, presenting this information in a useful format for both IXPs and peering networks to digest, ensuring a high degree of accuracy. Particularly useful to our members is the tool which enables them to find peering networks with which they share common exchanges.
It was out of such collaboration that Will Hargrave and others designed and wrote RFC 8327 “Mitigating the Negative Impact of Maintenance through BGP Session Culling” (now an IETF Best Current Practice document, BCP214).
Notwithstanding the name, membership is not limited to European Internet exchanges, and Euro-IX has associate members across the world. At LONAP, we support Euro-IX’s mission to bring together IXPs in a spirit of cooperation rather than competition, and to globally cooperate to improve the standards, quality, performance, security and resilience of Internet exchanges worldwide.
There are currently 69 member IXPs from 25 countries in the association: from Europe (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and UK), from the AFIX region (Angola, Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa), from the APIX region (Australia and Sri Lanka), and from the LAC-IX region (Costa Rica and Curaçao).
Members take it in turn to act as the host for the in-person fora and provide local language and logistical support. The next meeting will be held on the 10th and 11th October 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. LONAP is proud to join forces with LINX to host the 37th Euro-IX Forum, where we expect to see over 100 participants from the Euro-IX community and their Patron Sponsors in attendance. LONAP’s own Rob Lister has been a volunteer on the Program Committee since 2014 and has been working hard to gather interesting presentations for the attendees in Edinburgh.
We are looking forward to another productive meeting with our colleagues from other IXPs.