Collecting the Internet AS-level topology

Beichuan Zhang, Raymond Liu, Daniel Massey, Lixia Zhang

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At the inter-domain level, the Internet topology can be represented by a graph with Autonomous Systems (ASes) as nodes and AS peerings as links. This AS-level topology graph has been widely used in a variety of research efforts. Conventionally this topology graph is derived from routing tables collected by Route Views or RIPE RIS. In this work, we assemble the most complete AS-level topology by extending the conventional method along two dimensions. First, in addition to using data from Route Views and RIPE RIS, we also collect data from many other sources, including route servers, looking glasses, and routing registries. Second, in addition to using routing tables, we also accumulate topological information from routing updates over time. The resulting topology graph on a recent day contains 44% more links and 3% more nodes than that from using Route Views routing tables alone. Our data collection and topology generation process have been automated, and we publish the latest topology on the web on a daily basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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