The Ottawa Internet Exchange is involved in a number of research activities
related to Internet operations and architecture. Some of these projects
are run locally for the benefit of the OttIX community while others are
done in a collaborative nature with others on the Internet. Some of these
projects are described here.
- ISC SIE
- OttIX contributes data from its AS112
node to the Internet Systems Consortium's
Security Information Exchange framework
to aid in the analysis of DNS behaviours to detect network misuse.
- 6to4 Anycast
OttIX runs a public 6to4 [RFC3056] [RFC3068] server
which has been made available not only Canada-wide via the CANARIE network but also to OttIX users as well.
6to4 is an IPv6 transition technology designed
to interconnect isolated islands of IPv6 computers over the IPv4-only Internet.
OttIX has created a statistics page to demonstrate the use of its server.
OttIX contributes traceroute data to the IXmaps project which seeks to map the path Canadian-sourced and -destined traffic
takes. Most results show that traffic doesn't stay in Canada, so the object
is to document this.
- IX BGP Table Analysis
OttIX has been running long-term BGP table analysis of its tables, using
a tool courtesy of Geoff Huston.
- unicast BGP from the OttIX route server, where all ISPs announce their routes to the exchange.
- Multicast BGP routes reachable at OttIX.
- Multicast Source Analysis
Since the beginning OttIX has been connected to the inter-domain Multicast
part of the Internet. One of the ways it can demonstrate this and assist
others in seeing if they are connected is to setup a number of beacons.
These beacons transmit Multicast packets to the network and in turn listen
and list fellow beacons heard on this network.
- IPv4 Multicast Beacon.
- IPv6 Multicast Beacon via M6Bone RP.
- IPv6 Multicast Beacon via Renater RP.
- Multicast IPv4 Session Announcements
Real-time snapshots of inter-domain Multicast IPv4 session announcements
are captured every minute. These snapshots
permit OttIX to monitor sessions to see what Multicast sources are available
from around the world, be they video or audio.
Although not directly involved in the Web100
project, OttIX runs specialized kernels using Web10g technology. This optimizes
the use of certain OttIX services, like its USENET news server and AdUni
local mirror so that bulk data can be transmitted more efficiently. Incidentally, the onboard instrumentation allows OttIX to offer unique tools to aid
in troubleshooting network problems.
Copyright 2012 The Ottawa Internet Exchange.