What is the Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX) ?
The Toronto Internet Exchange Community (TorIX) is a not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) located in a carrier hotel at 151 Front Street West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The IX was founded in 1998. As of today, TorIX has
184 members ("peers") and peak traffic rates of 146 Gbit/s, making it the largest IXP in Canada. According to Wikipedia's List of Internet Exchange Points by Size, TorIX is the 12th largest IXP in the world by numbers of peers. The Exchange is organized and run by industry professionals in a voluntary capacity. It is accessible directly in two separate locations within the building, at facilities operated by Equinix and Cologix. Leaf nodes available only to in-suite customers of Neutral Data Centres and Accelerated Connections will be online in early 2015. Access is also available via the building's meet-me-room. Expansion to other locations within the city is under analysis.
High-profile members of TorIX include Google/Youtube, Akamai, Aliant, Allstream, CANARIE, CBC, CIRA, CloudFlare, Cogeco, Distributel, Eastlink, Globe & Mail, Humber College, iWeb, Limelight Networks, LinkedIN, Magna International, Microsoft, Ontario Research & Innovation Optical Network (ORION), Primus, RISQ, Rogers, Shaw, Sheridan College, TekSavvy and WINDmobile.
The IX is Ethernet-based and currently operates three chassis-based switches, two Cisco 7600 series and a Cisco 7010 series (operationalized April 2011). A new major node will be online early 2015, using the Cisco Nexus 7010 platform, and will be located in Equinix's TR1 facility within 151 Front St. W.
Peers connect to the Layer 2 fabric (a shared VLAN), and use IPv4 & IPv6 addresses provided by TorIX to connect with each other, utilizing the BGP routing protocol. Port speeds of GigabitEthernet (GE) and Ten GigabitEthernet (10GE) are available, including in bonded configurations. 100GE ports will be available in early 2015. Single-mode fiber is required, and peers can connect from anywhere in the building via the meet-me-room. Peers do not require a physical presence at 151 Front St. W., but interconnections must happen there.
The speed of the peer connection is only limited by the port type (GE, 10GE, 100GE). TorIX only charges a fee for interconnection, not for the amount of traffic sent or received through the Exchange. We encourage peers to maximize their use of the Exchange by using the TorIX BGP route-servers and/or adopting routing policies which encourage traffic to flow over the IX rather than their priced-per-megabit Internet transit links.
TorIX is a layer 2 service. No routing facilities exist. The routing or forwarding of packets is performed by the individual member routers.
For more information or general questions/comments/concerns, we can be reached at:
peering [at] torix.ca
peering [at] torix.ca