At the beginning of 2021, Namex IXP has started the rollout of its next-generationpeering platform, the active infrastructure which is at the core of its network interconnection facility. This new platform relies on an IP fabric design with VXLAN as the overlay network and BGP EVPN as the control plane protocol. The development of this project started back in March 2020 and saw Mellanox and Cumulus Networks (both parts of NVIDIA corporation now) as major technological partners.
Before diving into the details, a brief historical note may help to understand the drivers and motivations behind such technical choices.
Look, we don’t want to tell you how to commit crimes, but we do know that Googling how to commit said crime isn’t a smart starting point. It’s a lesson the Department of Justice wants you to learn, after arresting a person on suspicion of insider trading who looked up how to do so online.
The story begins with Fei Yan, a post-doctoral researcher at a “major university” in Cambridge, Mass., which we could guess at being MIT or Harvard. Yan’s spouse was a lawyer at a major law firm, who was working on a deal related to the purchase of Stillwater Mining Company.