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3-Day BGP and Peering Workshop with Dr Philip Smith

23rd - 25th Aug 2017

LINX is staging a three day BGP and peering workshop in Manchester in August hosted by the respected Internet pioneer Dr Philip Smith


The LINX BGP and peering workshop will be held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester, from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August 2017. Hosted by the respected Internet pioneer Dr Philip Smith, this hands-on workshop will cover a range of BGP configuration and operation topics in depth as well as best current practices for peering.

This training takes place the same week as LINX98, LINX's quarterly two day member conference where Philip will also be presenting. Further information on this event is available on the LINX98 event page.

Course Facilitator

Dr Philip Smith was one of the first engineers to work in the commercial Internet in the UK, and helped establish LINX in 1994. Since then Philip has played a major role in training ISPs and providing consultation services to networks, predominantly in the Asia Pacific region. Philip spent thirteen years at Cisco Systems before joining APNIC as Director of Learning and Development. He is now self-employed and does contract work for NSRC, APNIC and others.

Full biography

Goals & Objectives

This is a technical workshop, made up of lecture and hands-on lab work to teach the IS-IS and BGP skills required for the configuration and operation of large scale networks that make up the Internet. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • IS-IS design and best practices for Service Provider networks
  • BGP protocol, attributes and policy control
  • BGP scalability (including Route Reflectors and Communities)
  • BGP Best Practices, including Aggregation
  • BGP multihoming techniques (redundancy and load balancing)
  • BGP Communities as used by Network Operators
  • Peering Best Practices

Target Audience

This is not an introductory course and assumes that participants have knowledge of at least OSPF or IS-IS, and have preferably used BGP before (although it will cover BGP from the start). Technical staff who are now building or operating a wide area service provider network with international and/or multi-provider connectivity, or considering participation at an Internet Exchange point, or considering deploying IPv6 across their infrastructure and to their end users.

Participants should bring a laptop with working wireless and SSH client.

Registration & Attendance

There is a registration fee of £300 per person to attend this training course. This includes:

  • Three day BGP and peering training course
  • Lunch and refreshments during the training course
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on a B&B basis on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th August
  • Evening meal included on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August

There is a limited number of spaces for this course, If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact us here:


Radisson Blu Edwardian
Free Trade Hall
Peter St
Manchester M2 5GP

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