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Re: RIPE "Golden Networks" Document ID - 229/210/178

  • From: Alex Bligh
  • Date: Sat Sep 04 15:26:16 2004

--On 02 September 2004 16:09 -0700 John Bender <[email protected]> wrote:

This would not be as problematic if dampening could be applied to a path
rather than a prefix, since an alternate could then be selected.  But
since this would require modifications to core aspects of BGP (and
additional memory and processor requirements) it does not seem a likely


So returning to the illustration Rodney gave Randy about the .foo
domain, are we saying that if the .foo domain's DNS is anycast,
then as (just from statistics of multiple paths) prefix flaps (as
opposed to flaps of individual paths) are going to be more likely [*],
route dampening adversely affects such (anycast) sources more than
straight unicast?

Or, looking at it the other way around, if in a heavily plural
anycast domain prefix route changes (as opposed to route changes
of individual paths) are more common than "normal" routes [*] (albeit
without - dampening aside - affecting reachability), does this mean
route dampening disproportionately harms such routes?

i.e. is the answer to Randy "because such networks [might] have
a higher tendency to use anycast.

* = note untested assumption