Daily Meeting Report
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RIPE 66 Tutorials
RIPE 66 kicked off on Monday morning with parallel tutorials: “Wireless LAN 101” with Osama I. Al-Dosary in the Herbert Room and “Improve your Presentations” by Sandra Brás, RIPE NCC. The tutorials were well attended.
Newcomers’ Introduction Talk
First-time attendees were welcomed by RIPE Chair, Rob Blokzijl and RIPE NCC Managing Director, Axel Pawlik, at the Newcomers’ Introduction Talk. Newcomers’ learned about RIPE, the RIPE NCC and the ins and outs of a RIPE Meeting.
RIPE 66 Opening Plenary
RIPE Chair, Rob Blokzijl, and John Boland, HEAnet CEO, welcomed a packed room of RIPE 66 attendees during the first Plenary session of the meeting. RIPE NCC Chief Communications Officer, Serge Radovcic, introduced the RIPE NCC Survey 2013 and encouraged attendees to take part. Filiz Yilmaz, RIPE Programme Committee (PC) Chair gave an overview of the PC’s responsibilities for the Plenary programme and welcomed feedback. Attendees who logged in to RIPE NCC Access can rate the Plenary presentations and beentered into a draw to win one of two EUR 100 Amazon gift vouchers. The session continued with Olaf Kolkman, NLnet Labs and his presentation, “Innovation at the Waist” – a philosophical/psychological look at DNSSEC and IPv6 deployment. The session finished with “Seeing The Past, Present and Future: Macro Trends in Networking and the Role of Software Defined Networking” by David Meyer, Brocade/Univ. of Oregon.
RIPE 66 Plenary – Monday, 16:00
There were two presentations and three lightning talks in the second Plenary session on Monday. Michele McCann, Teraco, gave an eye-opening look at the Internet ecosystem in Africa with her presentation “Building the Case for Africa: Using Open Peering to Reduce Risk and Expose the Myriad Opportunities Available in the African Market to New Entrants”.
The Internet Society’s Jan Žorž gave a call to arms with his presentation on best current practices and the Internet Society’s efforts in this regard.
Patrik Fältström, Netnod, kicked off the lightning talks with his presentation “Path to SSAC-057 and the Aftermath”. Randy Bush from the Internet Initiative Japan followed with a lively presentation on the suitability of ping to measure latency, which drew several responses.
The final talk of the day came from Marcos Pereira Dias, University of Melbourne. Marcos spoke on Australia’s Project for Universal Broadband Access: From Policy to Social Potential. He was the first speaker from the RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI), which aims to increase links between RIPE and the academic community by giving students the opportunity to participate at RIPE Meetings.
Monday’s Birds of Feather (BoF) Sessions
Two BoFs were held on Monday evening. Jan Žorž presented “Operations Meets Standardisation (and vice-versa)”, a continuation of his “Best Current Operational Practices” presentation during the Plenary session earlier that day. The aim was to gather interested people in starting a community effort and a discussion group focused on creating documents that describe how the Internet is run today (IPv6 and IPv4) and how we implement new technologies like IPv6, DNSsec, RPKI and others. At the second BoF, the RIPEstat Team gave a live demo covering the latest features and new functionality in RIPEstat, the RIPE NCC’s “one-stop shop” for Internet address space information, since the last live demo at RIPE 65. Highlights included the return of the popular BGPlay routing visualisation tool. Attendees were able to ask questions and provide feedback directly to the developers of RIPEstat.
Unwinding at the RIPE 66 Welcome Event
Attendees met at the meeting venue’s Bellini Bar at the end of a busy day for the first social event of the meeting week. The Guinness and conversation flowed as old friends caught up and new friends were made.