AIMS 2017: Workshop on Active Internet Measurements

CAIDA hosts annual Active Internet Measurement Systems (AIMS) workshops to promote discussion between academics, industry, policymakers, and funding agencies on active Internet measurement, exchange of research ideas and questions that have been answered, or could be answered, with proposed measurement infrastructures.

From March 1-3, 2017, CAIDA will host the 9th workshop on Active Internet Measurements (AIMS 2017) on the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla, CA.

AIMS 2017 is by invitation only. This year we are imposing a limit on the number of registrants, and will close the registration when we have reached capacity.

Registration closed. We have received an overwhelming response of registrants interested in attending, but as seats are limited, we have reached capacity and are no longer accepting new registrations.

Dates: March 1 (Wed) - 3 (Fri), 2017
Place: Auditorium B210E/B211E Meeting Room,
San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego Campus, La Jolla, CA

For information on Local Arrangements / Getting to UC San Diego, see the bottom of this document.


This year the focus of the workshop again will be on interaction and coordination between different existing measurement infrastructures. Topics of interest for the agenda include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Measurements that can address current or future public policy needs
    • how to have impact in broader, non-technical communities (is new conference needed?)
    • how to make technical results for relevant and accessible
    • surveys of which studies have already had impact
    • CAIDA's new PANDA project proposal
    • how to measure progress toward societal aspirations for the Internet
  • Infrastructure sharing
    • complementary measurements on different platforms
    • unified interface to traceroute platforms
    • incentives to participate in measurement infrastructure
    • cross-validation of results
  • Infrastructure development issues
    • back-end databases to store measurement results
    • front-end querying interfaces
    • "measurement-as-a-service" support
    • ability to develop and run custom experiments
  • Data access and sharing
    • how applications can make use of measurement data
    • concurrent measurements of interesting events
    • cross-platform longitudinal data analysis
    • educational use of measurements and data
  • Future measurement infrastructure architectures
    • resolving tensions between openness and security of measurement platforms
    • the role of measurement in a larger framework for ISP information disclosure

Additionally, we intend to devote some time to reviewing the recommendations distilled from the discussions at the previous eight AIMS workshops (2009-2016). These recommendations (published in last year's AIMS workshop report) deal with the following five common themes:

  1. Data and infrastructure building blocks
  2. Promoting synergies among industry, government, researchers, vendors, Internet service providers
  3. Path measurement research
  4. Quality of experience measurement research
  5. Network architecture research

We will look back to assess the measurable progress achieved in each area and will propose the next steps forward continuing the advancement of Internet measurements.

The workshop will run for 3 days (starting from Wednesday morning) with ample time for interactions between participants, breakout sessions, and collaborative discussions.


Participants have 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for quick questions. Deeper discussions will be postponed until after the group of related talks or during breaks.

To generate discussion and to orient other participants to your presentation, please send a URL or a PDF to of something you'd like the audience to have read before your talk. This can be any of:

  • a related URL that inspires your research
  • a related URL detailing your research
  • a URL related to your talk that you consider worth other participants' time to look over
  • a recent blog entry or article so people can get an idea of who you are
  • the actual PDF slideset which you'll be presenting

Mar 1 (Wednesday)

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Interaction: What did I learn from day 1
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Outage and reachability measurements
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Discussion
  • 12:00 - 12:30 IPv6
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:45 DNS
  • 16:15 - 17:00 Applications
  • 17:00 - 17:30 Discussion
  • 17:30 - 20:00 Dinner on site: Phil's BBQ

  • March 3 (Friday)

    Local Arrangements / Getting to UC San Diego

    For this workshop, attendees are expected to make their own hotel reservations and transportation arrangements from their hotels to the workshop. For CAIDA's list of local hotels including shuttle availability, see the updated Local Hotels list (PDF). Contact the hotel directly for hotel shuttle schedules (if available) to the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).

    This workshop is being held in the SDSC East Auditorium (Room B210E/B211E) that faces Hopkins Drive.
    (For those GPS-enabled attendees, the GPS coordinates near the SDSC Auditorium is WGS84: 32°53'03.77"N, 117°14'20.31"W)

    General driving directions to SDSC are located on the CAIDA Contact and Visitor Info page.

    • Shuttle to Hotels: SuperShuttle can be arranged to shuttle to UC San Diego campus or your hotel.
    • Taxis and drop-off: San Diego Taxi Information maintains a list of taxis with rates and additional information. Uber and Lyft are also well established in San Diego and now have access to service San Diego's airport. GPSes will need to go to the intersection of Hopkins Drive and Voigt Lane.

      9836 Hopkins Drive , La Jolla, CA 92093 is the nearest street address most GPSes/maps recognize.

    • Car: Rental available at the airport near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2.
    • Parking on campus
      The most convenient parking is in the Hopkins parking structure at Hopkins Dr and Voigt Dr, just south of SDSC.

      Parking Permits: Parking permits are required to park on UC San Diego Campus.

      Parking legally is the attendee's responsibility. It is recommended you go to the Hopkins Parking Structure next to SDSC. Near the elevators will be a parking permit machine that will sell passes for $20/day. With a permit purchased in the Hopkins structure, you can park in any White " V ", Yellow " S ", or Green " B " spaces unless otherwise indicated. Please be sure to read the directions on the parking permit. Parking is limited. The penalty for an improperly parked car is at least $65 per day. We cannot be held responsible for citations issued for parking in an incorrect space or improperly displaying your permit.

    For transportation concerns, general questions and help before the workshop, contact Cindy Wong at <cindy at>.

    General UC San Diego Maps and general UC San Diego Visitor Parking information are useful resources for navigating on campus.


    Funding for this event is provided by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

    Additional Content

    AIMS 2017: Workshop on Active Internet Measurements: Talk Abstracts

    This page contains names, talk abstracts (if presenting), and topics the the participants are interested in discussing, as well as any related URLs. Participants are encouraged to read these ahead of time to anticipate workshop discussion.

    AIMS 2017: Workshop on Active Internet Measurements: Participants

    This page contains the list of participants of AIMS 2017: Workshop on Active Internet Measurements on March 1-3, 2017.

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