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Re: $110,000 for Gated Source Code

  • From: Mr. Dana Hudes
  • Date: Tue Jun 09 11:23:06 1998

I agree with Alex. People don't seem to realize that GateD
ran the NFSNET backbone for years. Now, the key difference is
that was the Cornell version and now we have Merit enhancements
and fixes some of which are quite important. The Cornell version
is free, though I know there are bugs in it those bugs are
Some of the bugs are not *really* bugs -- most notorious to me is
the issue of OSPF restart (change your BGP policy, HUP GateD and
your entire OSPF cloud lurch under LSDB recalculate because one
restarted OSPF). Merit fixed GateD to avoid this problem by
redoing the OSPF code. That work was funded by the GateD
Consortium, which is where your $10k goes.

So take your choice: Cornell Gated for free with some fixes over
what ran the NSFNET, or Merit GateD with some real improvements
for pay unless you get a research license to play with it. 

Dana Hudes

Alex P. Rudnev wrote:
> There is ONLY (ONLY) two well-debugged and wideworld checked router
> implementation now - first is CISCO IOS, second is GATED.
> First is checked over million  CISCOs, second was
> checked
> by MERIT's back-bone, by a lot of ISP who used gated for their host-based
> routers, and now by those vendors who implemented gated into their
> routers. I do not think it's an excellent product (through nothing is
> excellent in the Internet), but in comparation to the other
> implementation it's out of competition for now (remember a lot of
> Internet bums caused by Wellfleet? RIP broadcast storms over the
> inter-sea links caused by Annex? And so on...).
> Through the world is changed every day.
> On Mon, 8 Jun 1998, Scott Mace wrote:
> > Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 02:03:39 -0500 (CDT)
> > From: Scott Mace <smace@intt.ORG>
> > To: brad <>
> > Cc:,
> > Subject: Re: $110,000 for Gated Source Code
> >
> > I think you would be suprised at the number of commercial networking
> > vendors that use GateD source code as the basis for their routing
> > protocol suite...
> >
> >       Scott
> >
> Aleksei Roudnev, Network Operations Center, Relcom, Moscow
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