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The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is an important component in today's IP network infrastructure. As the main routing protocol of the Internet, clear understanding of its dynamics is crucial for configuring, diagnosing and debugging Internet routing problems. Despite the increase in the services that BGP provide such as MPLS VPNs, there is no much progress achieved in automating the BGP management tasks. In this paper the authors discuss some of the problems encountered by network engineers when managing BGP networks. They also describe some of the open source tools and methods that attempt to resolve these issues. Then they present some of the features that, if implemented, will ease BGP management related tasks.
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