In this talk, we review the history of router architectures complete with their flaws and benefits. From the earliest days of bus based systems through to today's multi-chassis monstrosities, we will look at what went right, what went wrong, and speculate about what is yet to come.
Tony Li has been a pioneer in Internet routing for 30 years, helping to scale the Internet architecture. He led the initial deployment of BGP and CIDR, ensuring that the Internet could pivot to an efficient routing and addressing architecture, led development of core router projects at Cisco, Juniper, and Procket, and has continually innovated in routing architecture, delivering BGP4, Traffic Engineering, Dynamic Flooding, and Area Proxy. Tony has been past co-chair of the CIDR Deployment, Mobile IP, and IS-IS IETF working groups and the IRTF Routiing Research Group.