Technical Report 1120005

Title: Sizing Estimates for a Fully Deployed RPKI
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Authors: Eric Osterweil
Terry Manderson
Russ White
Danny McPherson
Date: 2012-12-17
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Abstract: As the Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) has begun its early deployment trials, estimating how large a global RPKI deployment must be to certify today's Internet has become increasingly relevant. In this document, we present a "back-of-the-envelope" style evaluation of the number of objects required to fully deploy a global RPKI in today's Internet, the performance characteristics of the RPKI under potential usage models (i.e., the degree of "hosting" employed, cache replication strategies, etc.), and how deployments of the RPKI under these different deployment models might scale. This work is intended to be a first stab at addressing these questions, and the authors welcome feedback, corrections, comments, etc. Note this document does not try to estimate the increasing size of the RPKI system due to massive new connectivity expected as IPv6 grows. With these caveats in mind, we begin from the perspective of a thought exercise, and pose the following questions: i) What would be the size of a fully deployed RPKI, in today's Internet? ii) What is the complexity of finding/learning/gathering a fully deployed RPKI? iii) How long might such a gathering process actually take?
                author = {Eric Osterweil and Terry Manderson and Russ White and Danny McPherson},
                title = {Sizing Estimates for a Fully Deployed RPKI},
                booktitle = {Verisign Labs Technical Reports},
                number = {1120005 version 2},
                year = {2012},