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Internet on the brink of collapse, again

The Internet will collapse, at least if Border Gateway Protocol tables keep growing at the pace they are now, warns Network World in a recent article.

BGP tables are routing tables used by backbone Internet routers.

"Today, the BGP routing table has around 240,000 routes, up from 195,000 a year ago and 100,000 six years ago," the trade pub asserts, adding that some older routers can not hold more than 244,000 possible routes.

Note however that this concern has been voiced at least since 2000, though Network World reports that the dot.com bust gave routers some breathing room. Now that Internet activity is ramping up again, the BGP is being stressed.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Oct 17, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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