My name is Pere Tuset-Peiró and I am an Associate Professor at the Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications Department, and Senior Researcher at the Wireless Networks (WiNe) Laboratory, both of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). I was born in 1985 and started playing with computers and networks at a very young age (i.e., when computer memory and the Internet download speed were still measured in Mbytes and kbps, respectively). Of course, I never looked back to anything else!
After completing a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 2007 and 2011, respectively, and a PhD in Network and Information Technologies from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) in 2015, I decided that I wanted to devote my time to teach and research what I like the most: how computer and telecommunication networks and protocols are designed, built, and operated, to provide a reliable service to users. It’s been 7 years already, and so far I have taught serveral different courses, with topics ranging from physical layer aspects (i.e., wireless and optical communications), to the operation of the network and transport layers (i.e., TCP/IP design and performance).
In 2022 I felt the urge to fix the fact that my ISP (Internet Service Provider) did not support IPv6 connectivity, so I embarked in a personal challenge to become my own provider for IPv6 connectivity. I got a friendly LIR (thanks Jorge from AS203503!) to sponsor my AS application with RIPE, and ended up getting AS212900 and a /48 IPv6 provider independent prefix that I could announce anywhere. After that, I got in touch with various service providers who, after hearing about my personal endeavour, kindly offered to provide me with IPv6 transit at no (or very little) cost.
This is how AS212900 started, and so far it has been a great experience! First, it has shown me how the Internet truly works from the technical point of view, with details that you only discover when you are willing to get your hands dirty. Second, it has allowed me to meet some colleaguess that run their own ASs, and who have taught me the social aspects of the Internet, specially when it comes to transit and peering.