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…Much in the way that a blogger learns from information posted by others on the Web, the routers that direct traffic across the Internet rely on knowledge passed on to them by their neighboring routers. They then pass this routing information on to other neighboring routers. The class of routing protocols known as Distance-Vector protocols are often referred to as “routing by rumor”, because a router learns about the available routes to other networks through second-hand information passed along to it by neighboring (directly connected) routers rather than by learning about new routes directly. Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP, which is the routing protocol most frequently used between the connected networks that make up the Internet, is considered to be a Distance-Vector protocol (although it is more accurately described as a Path-Vector protocol). Just ask any Network Engineer.

Of course, while network savvy individuals will tell you that the definition of “routing” is “to send by a selected route, or to direct“, Merriam-Webster tells us that “rout” also means “to drive out, or to dispel“. We leave it to the reader to decide which definition applies when reading RoutingByRumor.

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