[lacnog] Making interconnection agreements between networks more dynamic

Pedro de Botelho Marcos pbmarcos en inf.ufrgs.br
Mar Mayo 23 15:05:39 BRT 2017


We are a group of networking researchers from UFRGS, UCLouvain and KAUST.
We are working towards an approach to make interconnection agreements
between networks more dynamic. The current approach for establishing
agreements is cumbersome, typically requiring lengthy discussions. To
accommodate the expected growth of traffic demands, network operators need
to over-provision. Even so, operators miss the ability to quickly respond
when facing unforeseen traffic demands, because agreements have static
characteristics and changes could take days or weeks to be implemented.

Dynamic agreements offer many opportunities. For example, consider
acquiring extra "bandwidth as a service" that is available on demand just
when one needs it, similarly to how one might spin up extra VMs in the
cloud to handle high loads.

We are interested in collecting some anecdotal evidence that dynamic
agreements could solve real-world problems. Has any member of the forum
faced any scenario where the kind of dynamism described above could be

Many thanks for your inputs,
Pedro de Botelho Marcos
PhD Student
Computer Networks Research Group
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS
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