About Russ White

Russ White is a Network Architect who's scribbled a basket of books, penned a plethora of patents, written a raft of RFCs, taught a trencher of classes, and done a lot of other stuff you either already know about, or don't really care about. You want numbers and letters? Okay: CCIE 2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr, BSIT, MSIT (Network Design & Architecture, Capella University), MACM (Biblical Literature, Shepherds Theological Seminary). Russ is a Principal Engineer in the IPOS Team at Ericsson, where he works on lots of different stuff, serves on the Routing Area Directorate at the IETF, and is a cochair of the Internet Society Advisory Council. Russ will be speaking on Network Complexity at RIPE in May, and has recently published a new book, The Art of Network Architecture.

HTIRW: DNS Lookups


Note: Some of this will be really basic for a lot of folks, but bear with me — in looking at the entire system as a system, … [Read more...]

It was Inevitable…


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Why Internet Standards are Still Important

Vidya Narayana, in a piece at Gigaom, said recently: So, why did I actually stop contributing to standards definitions? The … [Read more...]

HTIRW: Overview


Okay, so we all know some little slice or another of the Internet. But how do all these slices really fit together? How does … [Read more...]

Ordered FIB


In a past post, we’ve discussed microloops in link state protocols. If we examine a small ring topology (if you come to my … [Read more...]

Review: Hadoop Operations

Hadoop Operations Eric Sammer Hadoop is one of those applications all data centers seem to need to support – and there is a … [Read more...]

Review: OpenStack Deployment


Deploying OpenStack Ken Pepple OpenStack is a wide ranging initiative started by Rackspace and NASA in 2010 designed to … [Read more...]

Review: Cloud Architecture Patterns


Cloud Architecture Patterns Bill Wilder Networks support applications. Okay, that might seem a little obvious, but it … [Read more...]


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Don’t look now, but you have microloops. How do I know? Because virtually every network with rings larger than three hops, … [Read more...]

IP/FRR and Centralized Control Planes

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I’ve been spending some time in the last few months talking through various fast reroute systems – we’ve looked at one … [Read more...]

Maximally Redundant Trees

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We’ve come almost to the end of our little series on fast reroute; in this episode we’ll look at maximally redundant trees … [Read more...]

On Link in IPv6

As an avid reader of RFCs and RFC drafts, I'm always running across little bits of knowledge I either already knew and forgot … [Read more...]

A Bit of Irony…

There's something terribly wrong about this... RUSH hour in Nairobi can be a nightmare. "Most motorists don't follow … [Read more...]

IETF 88 Technical Plenary

This is a long video, but you need to watch it. I'll have a couple of longer reports on IETF 88 in the coming weeks, as I get … [Read more...]

Remote LFA


In the last episode in our world wide tour of fast reroute mechanisms, we discussed Not-Via. While an interesting concept, … [Read more...]