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Technical Capacity Building Event

Workshop Overview

This is a Capacity Building Workshops on Technical Aspects of Setting Up, Operating and Administering Internet Exchange Points (IXPs).

* Course Description: This advanced technical, hands-on training will introduce participants to dynamic routing technologies and to related Internet Resources such as IPv4, IPv6 and ASN so that they may prepare their networks for interconnection at an Internet exchange point.

The course will further provide advanced training of the routing protocols involved in dynamic routing including Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). The course will focus on the best practice implementation of the Internet Resources and protocols for scalability, security and reliability.

In addition to learning the technical aspects and setup of the IXP, the participants will learn how to use the IP resources and protocols to interconnect with other external networks. The course will cover the following topics;

  • 1. Internet, TCP/IP and Routing
  • 2. Routing Protocols
  • 3. OSPF and BGP for Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • 4. BGP, Attributes, Policy
  • 5. BGP Scaling and Multi-homing
  • 6. IXP design, set-up and operation
  • 7. IXP Laboratory Exercises

* Pre-requisite:

Eligible participants are engineers who are responsible for routing at an ISP with a good networking background. Network engineers from other organizations that would benefit from connecting to the IXP.

  * **Expected Learning Outcomes for Workshop Participants:**		
* 1. Understand the difference between static and dynamic routing;
* 2. Implement OSPF as an interior gateway routing protocol in a lab environment;	
* 3. Ability to implement BGP as an exterior gateway routing protocol in a lab environment;	
* 4. Understand how to request for Internet Protocol Resources  
*  ie IP address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASN) from AfriNIC;		
* 5. Ability to configure and setup BGP with external networks in a lab environment and;	
* 6. Ability to configure and setup peering at an IXP using BGP in a lab environment.	
* 7. Understand the technical hardware and software requirements for connecting to the IXP 
* 8. Understand the technical hardware and software resources needed for the setup of the IXP 
  • Instructional Methods:

The complete IXP Routing Training is conducted over a period of 5 consecutive days so that instructors may fully cover the proposed curriculum and provide adequate time for the participants to comprehend, and thus benefit from, the training.

The topics covered in the training program are separated into two complementary sessions: 
* 1) Theory and Concepts, and 
* 2) Practical Hands-on Application.	
  • Theory and Concepts The theory and concepts session utilizes power-point presentations and classroom discussions to introduce the subject matter to the participants. The objective is to provide a detailed background of the topics and enable the participants to engage the instructors on any questions they may have.

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet standards are mostly used to introduce the topics. The concepts are used to demonstrate the best practice implementations of the technology that have been documented by experts over time.

  • Practical Hands-on Application The practical hands-on session uses training equipment of routers and switches to simulate an ISP and IXP network environment. Internet Society has a mobile training kit that consists of 15 Routers, 2 switches and Access Points.

The training is designed for a minimum of 14 and maximum of 28 participants per workshop to fully benefit from the training and gain hands-on training experience. The lab design groups the workshops participants into several ISPs creating a real life experience. This setup enables them to understand and troubleshoot some of the common problems faced in such scenarios. The workshop utilizes a progressive teaching methodology that builds from the basic concepts to technical implementation. As a result the training will enable participants to;

  • 1. Transition their network from statically routed network to dynamic fast converging network;
  • 2. Setup, troubleshoot and maintain multiple external network interconnections including to the IXP
  • 3. Provide technical support to the IXP operations

At the end of the workshop the facilitators will create a mailing list for all participants and the instructors to facilitate continued discussions and support as they implement what they have learned during the course of the workshop. The workshop facilitators will provide links to other materials and other sources of information as mentioned under the textbook and materials section below.

  • Textbook & Materials

The power point presentations and exercises will be provided to the participants in a USB for ease of reference after the workshop. In addition, the Internet Society will aim to work with its partners to provide BGP and OSPF related reference books to workshop participants. The ISOC website ( and the African Peering and Interconnection Forum section will continually be updated to provide new information on IXPs as part of the Interconnection and Traffic Exchange Program. The materials are of benefit to the ISP and IXP community globally.

ixp-workshop-2018.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/27 12:49 by admin