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April 15, 2018 – April 17, 2018
Feb. 19, 2018 – April 5, 2018
Proposal submission
Jan. 19, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Galway, Ireland
Host IXP(s)
Internet Neutral Exchange Association

Euro-IX Patrons

WIFI Sponsors:

NOTE: Please do not make any reservation directly with the forum hotel! 

Euro-IX takes care of all the room bookings at the The Galmont Hotel so that every participant can benefit from our group rate.

If you intend to stay at the The Galmont Hotel, make sure to request a room via Euro-IX on your registration form. There are limited rooms at the hotel, so please book a place as soon as possible.

Hotel: The Galmont Hotel & Spa (formerly Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa)


Address: Lough Atalia Road, H91 CYN3, Galway

Group Rate: Single Room at €130/night, Double Room at €150/night (including breakfast, wifi, swimming pool, sauna and fitness). Guests can also take advantage of a 15% discount for use at the Hotel Spa. Please note all spa appointments have to be booked in advance directly with the hotel.

**Car Parking is available for delegates at the hotel in the Q Railway Car Park. The charges for the car park are set @ €2.40 per hour.
However delegates attending this event will be entitled to a 50% discount per hour parking (you must present your ticket to reception in order to avail of this discount).

Hotel residents enjoy €5 per car per night in the Q Railway Car Park, subject to availability. 

Check in: Check-in starts at 15:00. All guests arriving before 15:00 can leave their bags in a room which will be provided by the hotel.

Cancellation Policy: We encourage all attendees to the Euro-IX Fora to give the Secretariat as much advance notice as possible if you can no longer attend. We understand that circumstances beyond your control do occur, such as illness, emergencies and last minute change of plans. However, if you know you are unable to attend the fora please where possible let us know as soon as possible, so that we can avoid hotel cancellation charges. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


From knock Airport

By taxi: We have arranged a taxi service from Knock airport to the hotel on Sunday, with support provided by Failte Ireland and Meet in Ireland. The taxis will transfer attendees in groups of 5. If you would like to be included, please tick this option and indicate clearly your time of arrival and flight number on the registration form.

By bus: There is a public bus Route 64 available from outside Knock (Ireland West) airport to Galway Bus Station, which is 2 minutes away from the forum hotel. The journey takes approx. 1 hour 45 minutes. To buy tickets and see the timetable, check here:

Car hire: There are a number of car hire companies in Ireland West Airport and the airport is 87Km from the hotel in Galway. The journey typically takes approximately 1hr.


From Shannon Airport

By taxi: From Shannon airport, it takes 1 hour by taxi to reach the hotel. The price range is from €95 - €120.

By bus: Bus Eireann’s Route 51 or Route X51 have approx. 18 buses per day travelling between Shannon Airport and Galway city, stopping within a two minute walk of the hotel. The X51 service takes just over an hour and the regular Route 51 service takes approx. 1 hour 50 minutes taking in a number of towns in Clare and Galway along the way. Both busses currently depart from Bus Stop B at the airport. To buy tickets and see the timetable, check here:

By Hire Car: Shannon airport is 80Km from Galway city with a good portion of the journey on Motorway taking approximately one hour to drive. There are a number of car hire companies available in Shannon Airport.

Train: There is no option for train travel between Shannon Airport and Galway


From Dublin Airport

By bus: By Bus it is surprisingly the most efficient and comfortable way to get to Galway! GoBus is a privately run bus company that has express buses running to Galway every hour during the day with a number during the night as well. The journey to Galway takes approximately three hours and it’s a really efficient service. With comfortable leather seats and on-board WiFi it’s a great service at €28 return if you book online. The public bus service with Bus Eireann is also available but it is not express, taking 3hrs 50 minutes to get to Galway – a good option if passengers would like to see the typical Irish towns en route.


There is also another bus transfer available from Dublin airport to Galway New Coach Station (2 minutes way from the forum hotel and Eyre Square). To buy tickets and see the timetable, check here:

By Hire Car: Dublin airport is 210Km from the hotel with travel almost entirely by motorway or dual carriageway. Estimated driving time is 2.5hrs. There are a large number of car hire companies in Dublin Airport.

By train:  There is no direct train from the airport to Galway.  You need to take the Airlink 747 express bus service from outside the terminal to Heuston Station. Trains to Galway depart from Heuston Station approximately every two hours during the day and take 2.5 hours. The train station in Galway is one minute walk from the hotel.


Timetable for the bus service from Dublin airport to Heuston Station:

Timetable and tickets for the train from Heuston Station to Galway:



My Proposals

April 15, 2018

09:30 – 17:00

Sunday Social Activity

The Burren Region tour with birds of prey, cave tour and lunch in a thatched roofed pub.

  • 9:30 - Departure from Hotel
  • 10:40 - Arrive at Aillwee Cave
  • 12:00 - Birds of prey show
  • 13:00 - Departure to lunch venue
  • 14:00 - Lunch at Moran’s Oyster Cottage

17:30 – 19:30

Hands On: IX-F JSON Export Workshop with IXP Manager Support

The IX-F JSON schema allows IXPs to export a structured member list, and is being used by the IXPDB.
This workshop will cover:

  • An introduction to the IX-F, IXPDB and IXP Manager
  • What is the IX-F JSON Export and why you should do it
  • Hands on support implementing the export, either via API or IXP Manager

For further information about the JSON export schema, including a list of IXP implementations please see:, and the wiki for this project:

IX-F JSON Export Workshop
Kyle Spencer, Uganda Internet eXchange Point
19:30 – 22:30

Welcome Drinks at An Púcán

We warmly invite you to drinks and a buffet dinner at An Púcán, a lovely Irish bar on the corner of Eyre Square. This is a good opportunity to relax and mingle with the other guests in an informal setting.

  • Date: Sunday 14 April, 19:30 - 22:30
  • Venue: An Púcán
  • Address: 11 Forster St, Galway
  • Access: The bar is a 5-6 minute walk from the hotel (see directions)


April 16, 2018

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and Access to Meeting Room

09:00 – 09:30

Opening and Welcome

Chair: Andy Davidson

Welcome from Euro-IX
Andy Davidson, Leeds Internet Exchange
Welcome from Host INEX
Eileen Gallagher, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
09:30 – 10:00


One representative from each newly affiliated IXP or prospective member IXP will be asked to introduce themselves and give a very brief summary of developments and issues within their IXP.

Our Members, Patrons and guests will then be given the opportunity to introduce themselves.


10:00 – 10:30

Euro-IX Update

Euro-IX Update
Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:20

Technical Session

Chair: Mikael Holmberg

Dude, where’s my Port? Route Origin Tagging at Route Servers
Johannes Moos, United Arab Emirates Internet Exchange
Practical IXP Operations
Matt Griswold, United Internet Exchange
BIRD 2.0.x
Ondrej Filip, NIX.CZ
Improving the Internet: Sharing the Cost of Route Server Development
Job Snijders, NTT
12:20 – 13:00

General Meeting

Chair: Kurt Erik Lindqvist

  1. Opening of 34th General Meeting
  2. Agenda approval
  3. Approval of 33rd General Meeting minutes
  4. Board update
  5. Presentation and approval of the Euro-IX Annual Report for 2017
  6. Update from the audit committee
  7. Any other business and next General Meeting
  8. Closing

34th General Meeting
Kurt Erik Lindqvist, London Internet Exchange Ltd., The
13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Session

Chair: Malcolm Hutty

GDPR Implementation at the RIPE NCC
Athina Fragkouli, RIPE NCC
GDPR Impact on IXPs?
Benedikt Rudolph, DE-CIX Management GmbH
GDPR Progress at LONAP
Robert Lister, London Network Access Point
15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:30

Customer Views

Chair: Aleksi Suhonen

Des Chambers, Lightnet
16:30 – 17:30

Technical Session

Chair: Aleksi Suhonen

Isolario Project: the Real-Time Internet Routing Observatory
Alessandro Improta, Isolario
EDO-IXPs: Experience with Deployed OpenFlow Internet eXchange Points
Marc Bruyere, Le GIX de la grande region Toulousaine
MANRS IXP Launch - Working Together to Improve Routing Security for All
Andrei Robachevsky, Internet Society
17:50 – 23:30

Monday Dinner

We invite our attendees to join us at Claregalway Castle.

  • Access: 25 minutes from hotel via coach (depending on traffic)
  • Venue: structured in the 1400’s, Claregalway Castle is a fully restored 15th century Anglo-Norman tower house.  Situated on the banks of the River Clare, in Claregalway village.

Join us for a Galway Feast - with drinks, laughs, good conversation, good food and great Irish hosts!

April 17, 2018

08:00 – 09:30

Registration and Access to Meeting Room

09:30 – 10:30

Technical Session

Chair: Christoph Dietzel

Streaming Telemetry - Yet Another Buzzword?
Florian Hibler, Arista Networks
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

Commercial Session

Chair: Jo Fereday

Colo-IXP Cooperation
John Souter, London Internet Exchange Ltd., The
Future of Peering
Michael Rabinowitz, Interxion
Deployment of Disagregated Switching on a Large IX - Lessons Learned at LINX
Flemming Heino, London Internet Exchange Ltd., The
Af-IX Association Update
Kyle Spencer, Uganda Internet eXchange Point
Partial Outage of DE-CIX Frankfurt due to Power Outage of Interxion FRA5
Thomas King, DE-CIX Management GmbH
13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Technical Session

Chair: Rob Lister

Pivo - Open Source Peering Management Tool
Marijana Novakovic, LinkedIn
Scalable Fabric Playbook for IXPs
Rajesh Dhople, Extreme Networks
Empower Your Network with 40G/100G PAM-4 DWDM
Kent Lidstrom, Smartoptics
IXP Manager Update
Barry O'Donovan, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
15:30 – 16:00

Lightning Talks

Chair: Rob Lister

Euro-IX Conference Network
Barry O'Donovan, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
Tref's Perspective on the 32nd Euro-IX Forum
Trefor Davies, London Network Access Point
16:00 – 16:30


Andy Davidson, Leeds Internet Exchange

Alessandro Improta Massa , Italy

Alessandro Improta received his BSc and MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He then went on to receive his PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa, in 2013.

Since 2009 Alessandro has held a research position with the Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT) at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa.

His research interests include Internet AS-level measurement and analysis, and the discovery of Internet path characteristics.

Andy Davidson

Barry O'Donovan Dublin , Ireland

If you want to confuse Barry, ask him where he’s from: born in Cork, spent his formative years in Galway and married into Dublin. He got a honours degree in Maths, his first love, from NUI, Galway in 2001 and went on to do four years research in information theory in UCD’s Computer Science department.

It was 2008 when Nick Hilliard, INEX’s CTO, approached Barry to provide a couple days operational support to INEX. Little did Barry realise what a huge part of his life INEX would become – both here in Ireland supporting INEX’s infrastructure and membership but also as part of the larger European and international IXP community.

Barry is also the lead developer of IXP Manager ( – a full stack management system for IXPs which includes an administration and customer portal; provides end to end provisioning; and both teaches and implements best practice. INEX is very proud to say that this project is now in use at over 60 IXPs.

Benedikt Rudolph Frankfurt , Germany

Bijal Sanghani London , United Kingdom

Bijal Sanghani is the Secretary General at Euro-IX based in London, UK.

Bijal’s experience includes DNS management for DEMON Internet, Provisioning Engineer at Level 3, Senior Operations Engineer at FLAG Telecom and Reliance Globalcom where she was involved from the beginning to build the FLAG IP network. In 2011 Bijal moved from an operational role to the top management role at Euro-IX. Euro-IX is a non-profit membership association for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). In her role she brings the members together to share ideas and experiences on technical, commercial and regulatory matters, and works on other IXP related projects such as the IXPDB (IXP Database) and support programs to help IXPs in need. Bijal has grown the membership by over 90% since she started in 2011.

Bijal has been involved with the Peering and Interconnect Community since 2003, she’s been a RIPE NCC Services Working Group Co-chair since 2005 and served on the UKNOF Program Committee from 2006 until 2014. Bijal was elected on to the PeeringDB Board in 2017 where she currently serves as a Director.

Eileen Gallagher Dublin , Ireland

Ondrej Filip Prague , Czechia

Flemming Heino London , United Kingdom

Florian Hibler Krün , Germany

Florian Hibler is a Systems Engineer at Arista Networks , where he is mainly supporting companies around the German-speaking region on network solutions in datacenter and service provider networks. He has about 14 years of SP/IXP experience due to his former engagements in the IP networking industry.

Florian serves as a board member at DENOG and is part of the Product Committee of PeeringDB.

Johannes Moos Frankfurt , Germany

John Souter London , United Kingdom

Kurt Erik Lindqvist London , United Kingdom

Kyle Spencer Kampala , Uganda

Marijana Novakovic Sunnyvale , United States of America

Robert Lister LONDON , United Kingdom

Andrei Robachevsky Amsterdam , Netherlands

Thomas King Frankfurt , Germany

Trefor Davies , United Kingdom

poet, music promoter, vintage campervan owner

Rajesh Dhople Santa Clara , United States of America

Job Snijders

Michael Rabinowitz Amsterdam , Netherlands

Athina Fragkouli Netherlands

Marc Bruyere Toulouse , France

Matt Griswold Chicago , United States of America

Des Chambers Co Galway , Ireland

Kent Lidstrom Stockholm , Sweden


Sunday Activity:

The Burren Region tour with birds of prey, cave tour and lunch in a thatched roofed pub


Schedule: Sunday 15 April

  • 9:30 - Departure from Hotel
  • 10:40 - Arrive at Aillwee Cave
  • 12:00 - Birds of prey show
  • 13:00 - Departure to lunch venue
  • 14:00 - Lunch at Moran’s Oyster Cottage


Leaving the city behind for a few hours, INEX has planned to take the group out in the stunning scenery of the Burren Region in County Clare, directly south of Galway. The tour will include all that makes the west coast of Ireland so spectacular, passing by fantastic coastal scenery, the limestone mountains of the Burren region and the breathtaking views around every corner. 

The group will be taken on a guided tour of the Aillwee Cave through the beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations. There's even an unexpected waterfall giving a clue to the caves former life as an underground river route. Bones of some previous residents, the now extinct brown bear are also on show. 

Following this, the group will visit the Birds of Prey Centre for a dynamic flying display, set against the beautiful Burren Landscape. The birds own personalities are highlighted on the day which gives a very educational view of these amazing creatures. It's a very hands-on experience so come along and experience this great show first hand!

From here, a well earned lunch in the fantastic Moran's Oyster Cottage on the way back to Galway city. A hugely popular pub restaurant located alongside the river where oysters on the menu are harvested, with a side order of their traditional accompanying drink in this region, Guinness! With open fires burning local turf in a thatched cottage, it's not really possible to find a more idyllic Irish lunch venue. 

Depending on the weather, there may be a few other stops along the way to get a full flavour of this fantastic region - shoes suitable for a little walking over uneven terrain are advised.


*Note: We have a limited number of places on this Activity and lunch. 

**If you would like to join for the Activity and lunch, and have any fish allergies, please contact and let us know.

Welcome Social @ An Púcán

We warmly invite you to drinks and a buffet dinner at An Púcán, a lovely Irish bar on the corner of Eyre Square. This is a good opportunity to relax and mingle with the other guests in an informal setting.


- Date: Sunday 14 April, 19:30 - 22:30
- Venue: An Púcán
- Address: 11 Forster St, Galway
- Access: The bar is a 5-6 minute walk from the hotel (see directions)



Monday Dinner - Galway Feast at Claregalway Castle

- Date: Monday 15 April, 17:50 - 23:30
- Address: Claregalway, Co. Galway
- Access: 25 minutes from hotel via coach (depending on traffic)
- Venue: structured in the 1400’s, Claregalway Castle is a fully restored 15th century Anglo-Norman tower house. Situated on the banks of the River Clare, in Claregalway village.

Join us for a Galway Feast - with drinks, laughs, good conversation, good food and great Irish Hosts!



The Monday Dinner is sponsored by ISOC - MANRS


The beautiful city of Galway has many things to do and see. Here are just a few:


 Nature and Walking

Rinville Forest Park

Rinville Forest Park is created around an ancient castle, a stately home and a fine estate demesne, which dates from the 16th century. With an extensive network of walks through woodlands, open farmland and by the sea, the Park offers a recreational facility of outstanding quality and beauty. See here for more information.

The Western Way

Starting in the angler’s town of Oughterard on Lough Corrib, it follows the western edge of the lake, one of the longest, and the second largest lakes in Ireland, northwards into a magnificent wilderness of mountain and bog to the village of Maam Bridge. From Maam Bridge the route crosses the rugged Maumturk Mountains by a pass, at the top of which is Maum Ean. Descending again into Inagh Valley the route passes between the Twelve Bens and the Maumturks, to reach the shores of Killary Harbour and the picturesque village of Leenane. See here for more information.


Visit to Connemara

The distinct region of Connemara is located in the north west corner of County Galway. Connemara's breathtaking landscape is a mixture of unspoilt rivers, lakes, woodlands, rich meadowlands, rugged hills, dramatic mountains and stunning coastline of sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. See here for more information.




Musuems and Galleries






Don't forget to take a walk around Eyre Square!!!!