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Section: New Results

Complex network metrology

Participant : Christophe Crespelle.

Measuring the Degree Distribution of Routers in the Core Internet [15] .

Most current models of the internet rely on knowledge of the degree distribution of its core routers, which plays a key role for simulation purposes. In practice, this distribution is usually observed directly on maps known to be partial, biased and erroneous. This raises serious concerns on the true knowledge one may have of this key property. Here, we design an original measurement approach targeting reliable estimation of the degree distribution of core routers, without resorting to any map. It consists in sampling random core routers and precisely estimate their degree thanks to probes sent from many distributed monitors. We run and assess a large-scale measurement following this approach, carefully controlling and correcting bias and errors encountered in practice. The estimate we obtain is much more reliable than previous knowledge, and it shows that the true degree distribution is very different from all current assumptions.

Measuring Routing Tables in the Internet [21] .

The most basic function of an Internet router is to decide, for a given packet, which of its interfaces it will use to forward it to its next hop. To do so, routers maintain a routing table, in which they look up for a prefix of the destination address. The routing table associates an interface of the router to this prefix, and this interface is used to forward the packet. We explore here a new measurement method based upon distributed UDP probing to estimate this routing table for Internet routers.