The London Internet Exchange (Linx), which shoulders around 90 per cent of all email and web traffic in the UK, suffered a sizeable outage yesterday which affected some internet service providers' (ISPs') access to the internet.
Linx suffered a 'broadcast storm' at one of its exchanges early yesterday morning which caused members on that switch to experience packet loss.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said that the problem is believed to have been caused by one member port spewing large amounts of broadcast traffic onto the exchange, an act that is in contravention of the Linx Memorandum of Understanding.
Technically, the problem could have been quickly remedied by disconnecting the offending member port. However, the spokeswoman said that "side effects of the storm caused problems with one vendor's kit".
Linx uses a dual vendor architecture to circumvent such issues, but the switch traffic was slowed down and packets were still being lost on the affected vendor's kit.
One ISP that was affected was Cix, which sent an email to users warning that internet traffic would be slowed down.
Linx said today that engineers had now completed their diagnosis and identified the cause of the persistent fault. "Repair work is complete resulting in the full reintegration of the peering mesh back to its normal state," a status report said.
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