History Of Networking – Tony Li – BGP

Tony Li has had a distinguished career working as a networking software architect at some of the largest networking vendors in the world. In this episode of Network Collective, Tony joins us to discuss his involvement in the creation and implementation of BGP, the routing protocol that enables the Internet.

Links, FYI:

BGP Napkin

The image above is a capture of the original BGP design, sketched on two napkins by Kirk Lougheed of Cisco and Yakov Rekhter of IBM in 1989.

RFC 4271 – BGP

Tony Li
Russ White
Donald Sharp
Eyvonne Sharp

Outro Music:
Danger Storm Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License



  1. […] The Network Collective has another History of Networking up; this time we’re chatting with Ton… Tony was not involved in the original origins of BGP (the famous napkin, a picture of which you can see in this book), but he did start working on it in around 1996, the year I joined Cisco as a lowly TAC engineer. […]

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    […] Basically the world was changed by the 3 napkin protocol(picture was found on Network Collective Podcast): […]

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