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Main Title: Detecting Peering Infrastructure Outages in the Wild
Author(s): Giotsas, Vasileios
Dietzel, Christoph
Smaragdakis, Georgios
Feldmann, Anja
Berger, Arthur
Aben, Emile
Type: Conference Object
Language Code: en
Abstract: Peering infrastructures, namely, colocation facilities and Internet exchange points, are located in every major city, have hundreds of network members, and support hundreds of thousands of interconnections around the globe. These infrastructures are well provisioned and managed, but outages have to be expected, e.g., due to power failures, human errors, attacks, and natural disasters. However, little is known about the frequency and impact of outages at these critical infrastructures with high peering concentration. In this paper, we develop a novel and lightweight methodology for detecting peering infrastructure outages. Our methodology relies on the observation that BGP communities, announced with routing updates, are an excellent and yet unexplored source of information allowing us to pinpoint outage locations with high accuracy. We build and operate a system that can locate the epicenter of infrastructure outages at the level of a building and track the reaction of networks in near real-time. Our analysis unveils four times as many outages as compared to those publicly reported over the past five years. Moreover, we show that such outages have significant impact on remote networks and peering infrastructures. Our study provides a unique view of the Internet’s behavior under stress that often goes unreported.
Issue Date: 20-Aug-2017
Date Available: 3-Dec-2019
DDC Class: 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke
Subject(s): outages
interconnection facility
Sponsor/Funder: EC/H2020/679158/EU/Resolving the Tussle in the Internet: Mapping, Architecture, and Policy Making/ResolutioNet
EC/H2020/644960/EU/Towards a flexible software-defined network ecosystem/ENDEAVOUR
BMBF, 01IS14013A, BBDC - Berliner Kompetenzzentrum für Big Data
DFG, FE 570/4-1, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis 2011
Proceedings Title: SIGCOMM '17 Proceedings of the Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Publisher Place: New York, NY
Publisher DOI: 10.1145/3098822.3098855
Page Start: 446
Page End: 459
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4653-5
Appears in Collections:FG Internet Network Architectures (INET) » Publications

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