common method to count traffic volume on IX

Niels Bakker niels=nanog at
Tue Sep 17 20:15:23 UTC 2013

>In a message written on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 07:11:23PM +0300, Martin T wrote:
>>counting traffic on inter-switch links is kind of cheating, isn't 
>>it? I mean if "input bytes" and "output bytes" on all the ports 
>>facing the IX members are already counted, then counting traffic 
>>on links between the switches in fabric will count some of the 
>>traffic multiple times.

I don't know of any IXP that does this.  Industry standard is as 
you and others wrote before: the 5-minute counter difference on all 
customer-facing ports, publishing both input and output bps and pps.
I guess MRTG is to 'blame' for these values more than anything.

* bicknell at (Leo Bicknell) [Tue 17 Sep 2013, 20:52 CEST]:
>Sounds like a marketing opportunity.
>Presto, highest volume IX!

Highest latency too, and here's to hoping all those devices actually 
work - it'll sure be an interesting exercise to find out wat switch in 
the path dropped a frame - you might as well just multiply your stats 
to get the same effect

	-- Niels.

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