Many people know M-Lab and our TCP performance test, NDT, from running it in a web browser. Perhaps the largest single source of NDT tests comes from its integration by the Google Search team. While M-Lab is known for the large volume of crowdsourced test data resulting from people running our tests, over the past few years we’ve developed new ways to run our tests and open source Internet measurement tests from other platforms using a tool we’ve called Murakami.
In the past month we’ve made several improvements to ndt-server, ndt7-client-js, and ndt7-client-go. If you have any questions about the following, please comment on the relevant Github issues.
In our recent roadmap post, we shared a list of milestones that the team is working on this and last quarter. Our Datatype migration and Standardized Columns milestone references the gardener service, which maintains and reprocesses M-Lab data, as well as the UUID annotator, that generates and saves per-connection metadata as annotations to user-conducted measurements. This post provides more detailed information about how these services have annotated measurements with geographic and network information in the past and present, and expands on what current work is happening now as mentioned in our roadmap post.
I hope this finds you well. Today I’m writing with the first of many newsletters that you’ll receive on this mailing list. In each monthly edition, we’ll provide updates about M-Lab such as changes to our platform and pipeline, data schemas, community tools, best practice analyses, community case studies, documentation and guides, and more. Ultimately, our goal is to communicate with you on a more regular basis, so we encourage you to reply with any questions or comments that come to mind. Additionally, as part of our efforts to communicate more effectively, we’ve established a lightweight set of community guidelines that we ask participants to keep in mind as you engage here and on any other M-Lab hosted forum. If there is anything you’d like to see in these newsletters, please do let me know. And without further ado!
In 2021, Measurement Lab will facilitate a series of community calls focusing on 3 core topics: General M-Lab updates, Internet Measurement Research and Broadband Advocacy/Policy. We will rotate through these topics on the fourth Wednesday of every month and every meeting will take place at 11am EST for 60-90 mins.