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Re: Formal study: How many points networks share

  • From: Randy Bush
  • Date: Sun Aug 27 01:21:45 2000

> Almost every major network map looks identical.

this is less true for the real maps than those from marketing departments
and third party dealers in bumph.  yes, providers are in all the same
places, at least in the states.  but the details of how they get there, how
they do redundancy, how they handle wet paths, ... differ non-trivially.

but, to your basic question, i am not aware of anyone doing non-fluff
studies of where everyone inter-connects.  hard to do as all the majors'
inter-connections are under nda.

but i imagine that we would all be willing to reveal under nda to a trusted
research group such as acri, if their result would be well anonymized.  but
many of us would all have to send letters to each other giving notice etc.
messy, but may be worth it for quality research.

hey vern, pull your head out of sigcom and think about this one.