Archipelago (Ark): CAIDA's active measurement infrastructure serving the network research community since 2007.
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CCDF of AS path lengths for responding destinations
|AS path length
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This graph shows the complementary cumulative distribution function (CCDF)
of AS path lengths (number of Autonomous Systems) to a destination that
responds to probing.
By showing the distribution of AS path lengths to all responding
destinations, we can get a sense of how closely connected a monitor is to
the 'core' of the Internet.
The complementary cumulative distribution function shows the fraction of
collected data points that are greater than a given value. This is
backwards from how percentiles are given, as those show the percentage
lower than a given value. On this graph, you would find the 80th
percentile at the 0.2 Y value. The AS path length is defined as the number
of ASes a probe transits to reach the destination from the Ark monitor.
These values are only used when a response has been received from the
destination. In other words, incomplete paths are ignored for the purposes
of determining AS path length.
Because most AS path lengths fall within a relatively short range, the CCDF
graphs will tend to have a sharp drop off around the median. A lower
median value of AS path length likely indicates that a monitor is closer to
tier 1 or tier 2 providers, as it doesn't have to go through many ASes to
reach its destinations.