A FIRST STEP TOWARD EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF WIDE AREA DEPLOYMENTS ON THE INTERNET
Charla Earls, Michael Abreu, Bonnie Tong, Karl Amjad-Ali, Graciela Perera.
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL.
The Internet topology is a hierarchical system of interconnected networks. These networks are known as large, mid-size, and small Internet service providers (ISP) such as Comcast, AT&T, and RCN. This Internet topology also includes consumers as well as content providers like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and others. Consumers as well as content providers have always accessed the Internet via smaller ISPs, but recent studies have stated that access means have been changing. Furthermore, with the emergence of applications such as Netflix, large content providers may be deploying their own wide area networks so that consumers may be able to directly have access to their networks instead of using small ISPs. We investigated if the conclusions of previous research have proven themselves to be enduring and continuing. We are interested to see what, if any, differences emerge in our data as compared to theirs, which was collected over 4-1/2 years ago. Our method includes automating the data collection and analysis process so it can be easily replicated. Our contribution is that we will also include consumers’ or students’ typical top ten go-to websites as a means of validating the trend previously found. We will analyze the data collected from the traceroute paths to determine a snapshot of the Internet topology. Our preliminary results show that the previous research findings have continued to hold during the ensuing 4 years, but we have discovered that some content providers changed affiliations with delivery networks.