Foundation Projects

Developing a Collaborative BGP Routing Analyzing and Diagnosing Platform

Tsinghua University (THU)

This project, by Tsinghua University and partners, involved the development of a collaborative Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing analyzing and diagnosing platform.

The platform serves as a tool that can assist network operators with network security and research.

A screenshot shows details of cyber attacks and hijack paths across the world
A screenshot of the BGP Watch website tool.

The project also contributed to building a collaborative community for enhancing the capacity of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to conduct network operations and measurement. 17 NREN organizations in the Asia Pacific region participated along with two research universities in Europe.  

The tool also involves a detection and mitigation system for BGP "hijacks" in which an attacker can pretend to be someone else online and reroute Internet traffic in harmful ways. The tool allows network operators to analyze the robustness of routing in the Asia Pacific region.

Manuals were developed to set up connections to these platforms by other organizations. The project had a strong component of training, with sessions on Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), Mutually Agreed Norms of Routing Security (MANRS) and DNSSEC. There was a strong emphasis on knowledge sharing, with results being published in conference proceedings and presented in different events in the region and globally. 

By establishing a collaborative community, deploying monitoring platforms, enhancing security, and sharing knowledge, the project made significant strides in improving the resilience and efficiency of BGP routing services. Their efforts not only benefit NRENs but also contribute to the broader Internet community. The success of the project was greatly amplified by strong partnerships with various organizations, researchers, and community leaders. 

APAN, the APAN Routing Working Group and APNIC also collaborated, and the Chinese government supported Tsinghua University. 

Staff from Tsingua university stand outside a university building holding a banner with information about a DNSSEC training session that took place on 25 May, 2023.
Staff at Tsinghua University in China are developing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) capabilities for a Research and Education Network (REN) by a consortium of universities. The picture was taken during training by APNIC trainers on DNSSEC.