CZ.NIC BIRD Project Receives International Award

Prague, 11 May 2010 - One of the largest internet peering centres in the world, London-based LINX, has granted the LINX Awards 2010 to the Czech project BIRD, developed by the employees of CZ.NIC Laboratories. BIRD is open source software, used as a route server by some of the largest peering centres around the globe - these include, besides the London-based LINX, the American PAIX, the Moscow-based MSK-IX or the Frankfurt-based DE-CIX. The LINX Awards are granted at most once a year to a selected individual or organization which has significantly contributed to the development of the LINX centre or to the peering centre industry as a whole. CZ.NIC Laboratories are a research centre operated by the CZ.NIC Association, administrator of the Czech national domain.

"All of us who have worked on the project are very happy about the awards. LINX Awards are considered to be one of the most respected awards within the global Internet community. It is a great tribute to the work conducted by the CZ.NIC Laboratories and the NIX.CZ peering centre alike, which was one of the first peering centres in the world to deploy it as a routing server." said Ondřej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association, who accepted the prize in person on May, 10 in Prague.

The open source routing daemon was born on the premises of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University as a seminar thesis of three students in the field of Computer Science. Ondřej Filip, one of these students, is also one of the founders of the BIRD project. The project started developing rapidly more than a year ago, when BIRD became one of the principal activities of the CZ.NIC Laboratories, a research and development centre of the CZ.NIC Association.