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Archipelago (Ark) Site Acceptable Use Policy (AUP): Traceroute-like Experiments Only

This Ark site Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) limits experiments to traceroute-like techniques.

Archipelago Acceptable Use Policy (AUP): Traceroute-like Experiments Only

In the design of the Archipelago software, we primarily sought to achieve greater scalability and flexibility for our existing hardware infrastructure and to take steps toward a community-oriented measurement infrastructure that allows vetted collaborators to run their measurement tasks on a security-hardened platform. To differentiate ourselves from other distributed experimental platforms such as PlanetLab, we tailored Archipelago specifically for network measurement, allowing for increased control over which processes run on the machines and a cleaner environment for measurement experiments.

The following describes the anticipated requirements and uses of Ark measurement nodes sited at <<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_NAME>>, who wish to only participate in macroscopic topology discovery experiments that use traceroute-like techniques. The organization hosting the CAIDA measurement node approves the activities described below as meeting their local acceptable use standards.

CAIDA plans to use the <<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_NAME>> Archipelago nodes to conduct:

  • large-scale traceroute topology measurements to the greater commercial Internet (that is, to both academic and commercial networks worldwide), to destinations such as end hosts, web servers, DNS servers, and routers,
  • traceroute measurements using UDP, ICMP, and TCP techniques for both IPv4 and IPv6 (where available), and
  • large-scale ping measurements (which are more network-friendly than traceroutes when the only goal is to determine end-host reachability).

CAIDA will offer for review and approval by the hosting organization any other types of experiments prior to conducting measurements.