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Live Today: IXPs and the Relationship Between Geography and Network Topology

Dan York

Today at 5:10pm EDT the IETF 90 Technical Plenary will be streamed live out of Toronto, Canada, at:

http://www.ietf.org/live/

After some initial reports, the technical focus will be on "Network topology and geography" — the abstract is:

Since network gear, links, and the nodes they connect must be in some specific physical place, there is always a relationship between geography and network topology. The flow of data through that topology has generally, however, been relatively independent of the geography.

Recently, some public policy proposals have tried to tie the flow of data on the network to national or regional boundaries. This panel will discuss the relationship between geography and network topology from three points of view.

• Antonio Gamba-Bari from the IXmaps project at the University of Toronto attempts to analyse traffic to understand where it is going with, so far, a particularly Canadian focus.

• The Internet Society's Jane Coffin will discuss ISOC's worldwide Internet Exchange efforts with particular emphasis on underserved regions.

• Amogh Dhamdhere of CAIDA will discuss their analysis of Internet traffic, including its relationship to geography.

Each panelist will make a brief presentation, and then we will discuss the implications of their findings. A Question & Answer session will follow the presentations.

The session will be recorded for later viewing. The slides are online and from what I can see it should be a very interesting talk for those of interested in the underlying infrastructure of the Internet.

Update: I should have noted that 5:10pm (17:10) in North American EDT is 4 hours off of UTC, so the time is 21:10 UTC.

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York hereVisit Page
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21:10 UTC Dan York  –  Jul 21, 2014 12:53 PM PDT

I should have noted that 5:10pm (17:10) in North American EDT is 4 hours off of UTC, so the time is 21:10 UTC.

Re: 21:10 UTC Ali Farshchian  –  Jul 21, 2014 1:17 PM PDT

Post also updated to reflect this note.

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