Research & Development

The Internet ecosystem is constantly evolving and is subject to rapid development and innovation, driven by a variety of stakeholders. DE-CIX plays an integral role in this ecosystem, as we interconnect hundreds of networks at our Internet Exchanges.

DE-CIX's Research & Development team

A team of researchers and technology experts identifies and tackles challenges. In close cooperation with industrial and academic partners, our Research & Development team works on projects to seek new technical opportunities to further drive innovation in the Internet Exchange market. This includes externally funded projects by the public sector. 

Research focus

We work on adopting novel technology paradigms for developing and designing a next generation Internet Exchange. Current hot topics are:

  • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Improvement of inter-domain routing
  • Detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks at IX scale
  • Internet measurements

For the benefit of the IXP community

DE-CIX shares the results with the Internet operational and scientific communities and makes solutions available as open source. We actively contribute to international standardization bodies, e.g., IETF, ENISA, or German industry working group Internet infrastructure.

Public research projects 

ENDEAVOUR
Develop next generation IXPs
based on SDN

Big Data Security
Improve Blackholing

X-CHECK
Secure ICT-systems with IXP data