GR-IX is the Greek Internet Exchange. It is a neutral, non-profit Internet Exchange.
GR-IX is the only neutral Internet Exchange in Greece. It constitutes an important national infrastructure as it interconnects all significant Internet players in Greece, such as Internet service providers, content providers etc.
The major goal of GR-IX is the acceleration of the growth of the Greek Internet.
GR-IX was founded in 2009 as a successor of AIX (Athens Internet Exchange), which was in operation since 2000. It is owned and managed by the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET), which acts as a “third trusted entity” and ensures its neutrality.
What is an Internet Exchange Point?
An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a network facility that enables the interconnection of more than two independent Autonomous Systems, primarily for the purpose of facilitating the exchange of Internet traffic. An IXP provides interconnection only for Autonomous Systems; and it does not require the Internet traffic passing between any pair of participating Autonomous Systems to pass through any third Autonomous System, nor does it alter or otherwise interfere with such traffic. […full definition ]
The following film, courtesy of euro-ix, explains the role and significance of an IXP
Euro-ix and the Internet Exchange Federation
GR-IX is a member of the European Internet Exchange Association (euro-ix). Euro-IX was formed in May 2001 with the intention to develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community. A number of IXPs recognized a need to combine their resources in order to coordinate technical standards, develop common procedures, share and publish statistics and other useful information. This would in turn give all interested parties a better insight into the world of IXPs.
The Internet Exchange Federation (IX-F) acts as a platform for affiliated Internet Exchange Point Association (IXPAs), including euro-ix. The IX-F goal is to build a global IXP community and help the development of IXPs throughout the world. IX-F was created during the 21st Euro-IX forum in Stockholm in November 2012, where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between APIX (Asia Pacific Internet Exchange Association), LAC-IX (Latin America & Caribbean Internet Exchange Association) and Euro-IX (European Internet Exchange Association).
Peering DB is a database that facilitates the exchange of information related to peering. It lists networks, their peerings, where they are peering, and if they are likely to peer with you. GR-IX actively maintains its records on PeeringDB in order to help the promotion of peerings between its potential and existing members.