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When CCIEs Get Bored

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on February 9, 2013 · 8 comments

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Now that Ryan Werber (“Scrye” on Freenode #cisco) has passed the CCIE exam and became #38168, he apparently has some extra free time on his hands.

Update: This “Star Wars Traceroute” has been propagating (see what I did there?) like wildfire in the nerd-o-sphere since I first published this post. Since then, Ryan has originated (get it!?) a Tumbler page where he explains how and why he did it and also posted the configs that he used. Contrary to the assumptions of many on Hacker News (who may be “rock star hackers” but obviously aren’t network engineers), he did not deploy a shit-ton of virtual machines to do it. Instead, he accomplished it with a pair of low-end Cisco ISR routers and a bunch of VRFs (and, of course, a DNS server). Scrye will neither confirm nor deny whether he had the assistance of the “VRF Smurf” in putting it all together.

$ traceroute -m 100 -q 1 216.81.59.173
traceroute to 216.81.59.173 (216.81.59.173), 100 hops max, 60 byte packets

...

 3  ae6-449.edge2.Chicago2.Level3.net (4.30.13.41)  10.838 ms
 4  vl-3602-ve-226.ebr2.Chicago2.Level3.net (4.69.158.54)  10.983 ms
 5  ae-1-51.edge3.Chicago3.Level3.net (4.69.138.136)  10.982 ms
 6  gblx-level3-10g.Chicago3.Level3.net (4.68.63.66)  11.197 ms
 7  HURRICANE-ELECTRIC-LLC-Ashburn.TenGigabitEthernet4-4.ar3.DCA3.gblx.net (64.214.121.170)  35.826 ms
 8  10gigabitethernet1-2.core1.atl1.he.net (184.105.213.110)  51.048 ms
 9  216.66.0.26 (216.66.0.26)  44.041 ms
10  *
11  Episode.IV (206.214.251.1)  94.905 ms
12  A.NEW.HOPE (206.214.251.6)  96.390 ms
13  It.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9)  97.131 ms
14  Rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14)  93.888 ms
15  striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17)  100.856 ms
16  have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22)  99.782 ms
17  against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire (206.214.251.25)  98.152 ms
18  During.the.battle (206.214.251.30)  97.891 ms
19  Rebel.spies.managed (206.214.251.33)  101.350 ms
20  to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38)  110.337 ms
21  to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41)  109.110 ms
22  the.DEATH.STAR (206.214.251.46)  107.664 ms
23  an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49)  110.316 ms
24  with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54)  114.483 ms
25  destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57)  112.441 ms
26  Pursued.by.the.Empires (206.214.251.62)  113.439 ms
27  sinister.agents (206.214.251.65)  115.253 ms
28  Princess.Leia.races.home (206.214.251.70)  116.631 ms
29  aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73)  117.439 ms
30  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78)  119.306 ms
31  that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81)  119.458 ms
32  *
33  freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89)  120.390 ms
34  0-------------------0 (206.214.251.94)  122.645 ms
35  0------------------0 (206.214.251.97)  123.462 ms
36  0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102)  123.462 ms
37  0----------------0 (206.214.251.105)  126.516 ms
38  0---------------0 (206.214.251.110)  126.885 ms
39  0--------------0 (206.214.251.113)  133.179 ms
40  0-------------0 (206.214.251.118)  132.983 ms
41  0------------0 (206.214.251.121)  134.323 ms
42  0-----------0 (206.214.251.126)  134.317 ms
43  0----------0 (206.214.251.129)  136.663 ms
44  0---------0 (206.214.251.134)  134.644 ms
45  0--------0 (206.214.251.137)  138.128 ms
46  0-------0 (206.214.251.142)  137.741 ms
47  0------0 (206.214.251.145)  138.064 ms
48  0-----0 (206.214.251.150)  131.350 ms
49  0----0 (206.214.251.153)  111.471 ms
50  0---0 (206.214.251.158)  113.649 ms
51  0--0 (206.214.251.161)  110.592 ms
52  0-0 (206.214.251.166)  111.370 ms
53  00 (206.214.251.169)  109.261 ms
54  I (206.214.251.174)  112.135 ms
55  By.Ryan.Werber (206.214.251.177)  117.487 ms
56  When.CCIEs.Get.Bored (206.214.251.182)  111.883 ms
57  CCIE.38168 (206.214.251.185)  117.883 ms
58  FIN (206.214.251.190)  111.251 ms

Apparently /31s aren’t used on the CCIE lab exam. *grin*

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