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Capacity Building Workshop Materials on Technical Aspects of establishing IXP

September 08, 2015

Capacity Building Workshop Materials on Technical Aspects of establishing IXP

Technical Training
Technical Training focuses on preparing network engineers to interconnect their respective networks at the envisaged Internet exchange point.
It is an advanced technical, hands-on training that introduce participants to dynamic routing technologies and to related Internet Resources such as IPv4, IPv6 and ASN that enables them to prepare their networks for interconnection to an Internet exchange point.
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 training is targeted to engineers who are responsible for routing at an ISP with a good networking background and network engineers from other organizations that would benefit from connecting to the IXP.
Instructional Methods
The complete IXP technical Training is conducted over a period of 5 consecutive days. The topics covered in the training program are separated into two complementary sessions:
1) 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.
2) 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 training will cover the following main 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

Expected Learning Outcomes for Workshop Participants:
1. Understanding IPv4, IPv6, static and dynamic routing
2. Understanding and implementing OSP for ISP
3. Ability to implement BGP for ISP and IXP.
4. Understand Allocation of Internet Protocol Resources i.e. IP address space and Autonomous System Numbers (ASN).
5. Ability to configure and setup peering at an IXP using BGP.
6. Understand the technical hardware and software requirements for connecting to the IXP.
7. Understand the technical hardware and software resources needed for the setup of the IXP.