The tragedy of BGP is that it works OK. It’s not broken. It’s like a 30-year-old pair of jeans that you know are worn out but you can’t bring yourself to throw them away because of the memories.
Ok. Can we replace BGP?
The challenge is building a community around that effort. Technically, there are dozens of ways to introduce a new protocol that would use modern efforts.
One problem is that everyone likes wearing 30-year-old jeans and no one wants to throw them out.
We need to create a new fashion that everyone wants to copy/wear/consume.
That’s the value of the IETF: It’s effectively the Gucci/Prada/Vogue of the networking world. The people there create fashions, and then parade them down a catwalk to see if other people see their beauty.
A catwalk or something like it is needed to socialize ideas and build communities around.
The IETF and other standards bodies are mostly inadequate for the current rate of change. Where are the new catwalks? The cloud companies certainly drive tech fashions, but mostly they work on what happens inside their own data centers, and they build private WANs that bypass the Internet.
And that proves my point that the Internet is defective.
Where is the next wave of fashion going to come from?