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I'd think some of you may be interested in a project run by some
friends of mine: the NLNOG RING.
Project came out of the NLNOG (the Dutch NOG) discussions. It's
based around the goals of making network debugging easier. When trying
to debug complex problems and plan future upgrades, a point of view
from outside your network is absolutely essential. Seeing what others
see is incredibly useful when dealing with a variety of network
problems. Well known examples are ‘it works for even numbered ip
address, but not for odd numbered ip address via this and this route’.
So tired of asking people to do traceroutes and wait for results,
NLNOG RING was formed. In essence the project is very simple: you make
a (virtual) machine available to the RING, and you gain access on all
other servers which are part of the RING. The project currently has
108 nodes, located on 100 participant networks in 25 countries.
Was just looking and see that NZ is missing on that list, the home of
the rings, so thought I'd send this out.
The RING provides tools to trivially launch a ping from all these
nodes and summarize the results to, other examples are distributed
tracerouting and MTU testing. The RING also maintains a record of
latencies between nodes using smokeping to help identify historic
I say, have a look at https://ring.nlnog.net/
for more information.
A map of current node locations is available here:
And email ring-admins(a)ring.nlnog.net directly with any questions you
I am sure the they will send some good beer for the next NOG to make
this on topic.
- - gaurab
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