BGP4: Inter-domain Routing in the Internet

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Addison Wesley, 1999 - Computers - 137 pages

BGP4 (Border Gateway Protocol version 4) is the de facto standard inter-domain routing protocol deployed in the Internet today. As the means by which Internet destinations are communicated between subscribers and service providers, BGP4 provides a critical function for Internet operations. Whether you are associated with an Internet service provider or are a system administrator at an organization whose business depends heavily on the Internet, a background in BGP4 is essential.

BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet provides a practical introduction to the TCP/IP protocol suite and to routing in general. This concise guide describes the BGP protocol in clear terms and explains messages and rules for processing information through the protocol. In addition to illustrating low-level details of the protocol, the author examines the conceptual way that BGP works in practical networks, the way that BGP4 interacts with other parts of a network, and other details important to its operation. This book also covers the many extensions that have been made to the original specification to increase the protocols' usability and scope of operation.

Specifically, you will find coverage of such key topics as:

  • IP base protocol, including the packet formats, addressing and routing, and other protocol rules
  • Autonomous systems and the distinction between IGPs and EGPs
  • Distance Vector versus Link State Routing Protocols
  • CIDR and how it relates to BGP4
  • Operational details essential to using BGP
  • BGP message types, path attributes, and the route selection process
  • Singly homed and multihomed subscribers
  • BGP interaction with IGP
  • Internal BGP scaling
  • TCP MD5 authentication
  • Other extensions to the protocol

In addition, this book offers a revealing look into how large ISPs work with BGP4, including a discussion on aggregation, filtering transit customers, and public interconnect points. Numerous real-world examples throughout the book demonstrate concepts and implementation techniques.


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User Review  - Lyndatrue - LibraryThing

It's a pretty decent book. It's slim, but it has all the basics. I spent some years hoping that someday I'd see a BPG6. Yeah, I'm that crazy. It's a very useful little book, and even though it was ... Read full review

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Brilliant book! Follows the RFC to the letter. Read full review


The BGP Protocol
BGP Operations
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About the author (1999)

John W. Stewart III works for Juniper Networks, Inc., a leading developer of routing technology. An acknowledged expert on BGP, he is the author of several RFCs on BGP for the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). Previously Mr. Stewart was involved in the design, configuration, and operation of a large Internet service provider network that made extensive use of BGP.


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