[Nanog] Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics [Was: Re: ATT VP: Internet to hit capacity by 2010]

Alexander Harrowell a.harrowell at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 13:17:17 UTC 2008

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 2:02 PM, <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:

> In the scenario above, I would expect the network operator to ban
> connections to their DSL address block. Instead, they would put
> some P2P clients in the rack with the topology guru middlebox
> and direct the transactions there. Or to peers/upstreams.

Don't know about the word "ban"; what we need is more like BGP than DRM.
Ideally, we want the clients to do sensible things because it works best,
not because they are being coerced. Further, once you start banning things
you get into all kinds of problems; not least that interests are no longer
aligned and trust is violated.

If DillTorrent is working well with a localpref metric of -1 (where 0 is the
free-running condition with neither local or distant preference) there
shouldn't be any traffic within the DSL pool anyway, without coercion.

There is obvious synergy with CDNs here.

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