France-IX reduces local latency with K-root server in Paris

The new K-root server reduces Internet traffic latency by up to 10 times, down from 10-30ms average speeds to 1-3ms. This enables France-IX members to deliver optimised Internet connectivity to users.

The new server is running on a Dell PowerEdge R430 server donated by Dalenys, a member of the France-IX community. The K-root software has been installed by the RIPE NCC (Network Coordination Centre), which is also looking after its ongoing maintenance. France-IX has also participated in two other RIPE NCC programmes, including RIPE Atlas and RIS (Routing Information Service). The equipment donation and installation/ongoing maintenance assistance is a testimony to the strong sense of community between the peers belonging to the France-IX Internet exchange hub and reflects their determination to see it prosper.

The new DNS server has been installed in France-IX’s Parisian data centre at its core point of presence Telehouse-2. DNS converts Internet domain names into numeric, or IP, addresses. Root name servers are at the root of the DNS hierarchy and there are 13 root name servers situated in various locations around the world, operated by 12 independent organisations. A France-IX K-root server in Paris means that the traffic route for local requests is shortened and simplified because the requests no longer need to travel via servers that might be located on the other side of the globe. With the reduction in the distance between ISPs and the server as well as cutting the number of hops used along the route, France-IX members will benefit from enhanced connectivity experience.

Frederic Dhieux, deputy CTO at Dalenys, said, ‘We have been connected to France–IX since 2012 to meet the demand of interconnection with Internet networks. We are glad to sponsor the K-root installation and actively contribute to France-IX.’

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