LACNIC's BGP Collector

LACNIC has started collaborating with the RIPE NCC Routing Information Service (RIPE RIS) to gather information on the status of global BGP Internet routes. The RIPE RIS project collects and stores Internet routing data obtained from different locations around the globe since 2001.

Now, a new RIPE RIS route collector has been installed in Montevideo. Identified as RRC24, this collector joins the existing collector located in São Paulo as the only two in Latin America.

To allow these nodes to obtain the largest possible amount of regional data, LACNIC encourages Internet organizations across the region to provide data and information on what is going on with the routing tables.

What data does the collector gather?

The BGP collectors of the RIS project obtain data from the BGP tables of the operators who establish a BGP session with them. This information is gathered from different points in the network and is then concentrated in databases that can be queried in different ways, using tools such as those mentioned below.

It is also possible to obtain raw data from each collector, as routing table data is dumped in MRT format (RFC6396) every eight hours. In addition, BGP packet updates can be obtained every five minutes.

More information on RIPE RIS: https://www.ripe.net/analyse/internet-measurements/routing-information-service-ris

Why is the collected data useful?

The BGP table data allows obtaining information on global Internet routing. The global routing table is not the same everywhere but varies depending on the observer's point of view. 

The data provided by the collectors is publicly available and very useful for understanding routing status in the region. Using a variety of tools already available through the RIPE RIS project, it is possible to observe and monitor different aspects of Internet routing.

These tools allow, for example, finding out whether the prefixes announced by an operator are being correctly received at each of the collectors distributed worldwide. It is also possible to detect route leaks or hijacks, as they provide a history of BGP announcements. In addition, the service available at https://inforedes.labs.lacnic.net/ can be used to quickly view prefix statuses or information about an autonomous system.

Likewise, it is also possible to process the data produced by each collector in order to analyze routing tables, the number of BGP updates and other parameters to obtain a diagnosis on network stability.

How to join the project

Operators must establish multihop BGP sessions with the collector located in Montevideo —collector RRC24— and submit their BGP tables. This configuration does not affect Internet routing, as it simply involves exporting the routing tables to a server that processes the data, without interfering with the global routing process.

To initiate a peering session, please complete the following peering request form, selecting collector RRC24 (LACNIC): https://www.ris.ripe.net/cgi-bin/peerreg.cgi

Once you have completed the form, the RIPE NCC will configure the BGP session on the collector's side and send you an email notification once this has been done.

Address your questions to: tecnologia@lacnic.net

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