Papers, Presentations and Other Documents

Papers, presentations, and other documents that describe the M-Lab platform, tests, and data, as well as research results obtained from the analysis of M-Lab data, are shown below.

Papers

2016

Analysis of Impartial Quality Measurements on Indian Broadband Connections

Broadband Internet user base is growing at an exponential pace in India. The market pressures are forcing the Internet service providers (ISPs) to sell their service offerings aggressively, resulting in a growing discrepancy between consumer expectations and service offerings from the ISPs. This discrepancy is often evident in experienced vs offered Internet connection service. This study examines the Quality of Service (QoS) variations for Internet connections of the Indian broadband users.

TSRK Prasad, Dhruv Shekhawat, Sukanto Guha, Neena Goveas and Bharat Deshpande

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CUSUM Anomaly Detection

The CUSUM anomaly detection (CAD) method is based on CUSUM statistical process control charts. CAD is used to detect anomalous subsequences of a time series that show a subtle shift in the mean relative to the context of the sequence itself. CAD was applied in order to look for anomalies in M­Lab’s database of Network Diagnostic Test (NDT) results.

Kinga Farkas

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Traffic Microbursts and their Effect on Internet Measurement

Report on M-Lab’s evaluation of reported site performance degradation in late 2015 due to switch discards caused by microburst traffic.

M-Lab Research Team

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2015

Analysis of End-User QoE in Community Networks

Community networks are a potential model for the Future Internet, where the users form and operate the network instead of a central, commercial entity. Socio-economic studies show that community networks are an excellent model to develop networking infrastructure commons (as common-pool resources or public goods) that promote sustainable development, with greater effects in less developed areas. The performance of parts of community networks has been studied extensively, often focusing on routing protocols or applications on top of community networks. This work focuses on the end-to-end quality of Internet access in community networks, as a validation of the technical applicability of this concept in under-served regions.

Bart Braem, Johan Bergs, Chris Blondia, Leandro Navarro, Sabine Wittevrongel

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Measuring Broadband America Report - 2015

The FCC’s 2015 survey of Internet performance in the United States, with measurement performed against the M-Lab infrastructure

Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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2014

ISP Interconnection and Its Impact on Consumer Internet Performance—A Measurement Lab Consortium Technical Report

Research on the impact of ISP interconnections

M-Lab Research Team

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Challenges and Issues on Collecting and Analyzing Large Volumes of Network Data Measurements

New Trends in Databases and Information Systems 2014

E. Masala, A. Servetti, S. Basso, J. C. De Martin

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Measuring Broadband America Report - 2014

The FCC’s 2014 survey of Internet performance in the United States, with measurement performed against the M-Lab infrastructure

Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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2013

Visualizing Internet-Measurements Data for Research Purposes: The NeuViz Data Visualization Tool

Overview of NeuViz, a network measurement visualization tool tailored to work with data from the NeuBot measurement test

Giuseppe Futia, Enrico Zimuel, Simone Basso, Juan Carlos De Martin

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Dimming the Internet: Detecting Throttling as a Mechanism of Censorship in Iran

Use of M-Lab’s NDT data to analyze Iranian Internet throttling and censorship

Collin Anderson

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Strengthening Measurements from the Edges: Application-level Packet Loss Rate Estimation

ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review 2013

S. Basso, M. Meo, J. C. De Martin

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Measuring Broadband America Report—February 2013

The FCC’s February 2013 survey of Internet performance in the United States, with measurement performed against the M-Lab infrastructure

Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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2012

Broadband Access to the Internet via Mobile Interfaces

Examination of mobile network performance indicators in the context of a European regulatory framework—IEEE WMCNT 2012

P. Bardowski, J. Klink, M. J. Podolska, T. Uhl

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Network Neutrality and Consumer Discrimination: Comparing ISP’s GTCs and DPI Application

Examination of data from M-Lab’s Glasnost tool and other sources to explore its role in the network neutrality debate—EconStor 2012

N. Grove, D. Agic, J. Sedlmeir

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Measuring Internet Performance When Broadband Is the New PSTN

Review of M-Lab and other sources of performance measurement data in an era when “broadband is the new PSTN”—MIT technical report 2012

B. Lehr, S. Bauer, D. Clark

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Estimating Packet Loss Rate in the Access through Application-level Measurements

A proposed model for estimating packet loss rate by a given connection, using data from the Neubot measurement test

S. Basso, M. Meo, A. Servetti, J. C. De Martin

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LIFEGUARD: Practical Repair of Persistent Route Failures

Examination of long-term network outages using data from measurement tests, and proposal of a system for detection, localization, and remediation

E. Katz-Bassett, C. Scott, D. Choffnes, I. Cunha, V. Valancius, N. Feamster, H. Madhyastha, T. Anderson, A. Krishnamurthy

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Unraveling the Economic and Political Drivers of Deep Packet Inspection

Identification and examination of deep packet inspection (DPI) used to throttle and block BitTorrent traffic, using data from M-Lab’s Glasnost test.

H. Asghari, M. van Eeten, M. Mueller

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Measuring Broadband America Report - 2012

The FCC’s 2012 survey of Internet performance in the United States, with measurement performed against the M-Lab infrastructure

Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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2011

Broadband Internet Performance: A View from the Gateway

Presentation of the first study of network access link performance measured by BISmark by the architects of the BISmark router-based measurement test

S. Sundaresan, W. Donato, N. Feamster, R. Teixeira, S. Crawford, A. Pescape

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Deep Packet Inspection and Bandwidth Management: Battles over BitTorrent in Canada and the United States

Examination of DPI use by Internet service providers to enable throttling or blocking of BitTorrent uploads or downloads—TPRC 2011

M. L. Mueller, H. Asghari

Measuring Broadband America Report - 2011

The FCC’s 2011 survey of Internet performance in the United States, with measurement performed against the M-Lab infrastructure

Office of Engineering and Technology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

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ShaperProbe: End-to-end Detection of ISP Traffic Shaping Using Active Methods

Methodology for detecting various types of traffic shaping—IMC 2011

P. Kanuparthy, C. Dovrolis

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2010

Measurement Lab: Overview and an Invitation to the Research Community

Discussion of the scope of the effort by M-Lab founders, and an invitation to the research community to join them in expanding global measurement

C. Dovrolis, K. Gummadi, A. Kuzmanovic, S. D. Meinrath

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Understanding Broadband Speed Measurements

Review of different speed measurement tests, including M-Lab’s NDT test, and examination of the benefits of different approaches

S. Bauer, D. Clark, W. Lehr

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Reverse Traceroute

Discussion of the model for providing reverse trace information by the architects of the Reverse Traceroute test—NSDI 2010

E. Katz-Bassett, H. V. Madhyastha, V. K. Adhikari, C. Scott, J. Sherry, P. van Wesep, T. Anderson, A. Krishnamurthy

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Glasnost: Enabling End Users to Detect Traffic Differentiation

Description of the rationale behind the Glasnost test and the way it can help expose opaque ISP network management by its architects—NSDI 2010

M. Dischinger, M. Marcon, S. Guha, K. P. Gummadi, R. Mahajan, S. Saroiu

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2008

Pathdiag: Automated TCP Diagnosis

Review of the pathdiag test, used to diagnose network performance problems commonly affecting TCP-based applications

M. Mathis, J. Heffner, P. O’Neil, P. Siemsen

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Detecting BitTorrent Blocking

Review of the model used by architects of the Glasnost test to design a test to detect ISP throttling and blocking of the BitTorrent protocol

M. Dischinger, A. Mislove, A. Haeberlen, K. P. Gummadi

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Presentations

2017

M-Lab: What it is, why you should use it, and what’s happening in 2017

Presented at the Google Networking Research Summit, February 2017

P. Boothe

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2012

M-Lab at IMC

Presented at IMC, November 2012

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M-Lab—Network Science at Scale

Presented at MIT, November 2012

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M-Lab—Open Internet Performance Data and How to Get it

Presented at the OECD—WPIIS, December 14, 2012

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Other documents

M-Lab Two-Pager

A brief overview of M-Lab

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M-Lab Server Specifications for Contributors

A detailed technical review of the specifications and requirements for M-Lab server hosts

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How to Get Involved with M-Lab

An overview of ways to join and support the M-Lab consortium

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Requirements and Procedure for Approval of New M-Lab tests

A description of the requirements and process for approval of a new measurement test on the M-Lab platform

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M-Lab Roles and Responsibilities

An outline of the roles and responsibilities for researchers using the M-Lab platform

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M-Lab’s Founding Vision

The founding vision and operational procedures of the M-Lab measurement consortium, as laid out in 2009

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