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NANOG: Everything You Wanted to Know about Network Architecture

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Unbeknownst to many people (myself included, until recently), there’s an organization called the North American Network Operators’ Group, or NANOG, that meets two or three times a year to discuss core networking technologies and operations practices. Last week Comcast hosted its first NANOG meeting in Philadelphia, and while I couldn’t attend, the presentations from that meeting are all archived online and available to the public.

What does NANOG cover in its meetings? Pretty much anything you can think of regarding North American broadband infrastructure – bandwidth management, disaster recovery, security, performance, and all manner of tips and tweaks for making networks run faster, cheaper, better. At the Philadelphia meeting, one of the lead topics appearing repeatedly in session presentations was the transition to IPv6. Apparently the subject is getting a lot of mindshare among network operators.

For all the gory network details, check out the NANOG site. The next meeting is scheduled for October in Dearborn Michigan.