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IETF 90: Topology & Geography
Since network gear, links, and the nodes they connect must be in some specific physical place, there is always a relationship between geography and network topology. The flow of data through that topology has generally, however, been relatively independent of the geography. Recently, some public policy proposals have tried to tie the flow of data on the network to national or regional boundaries. This panel will discuss the relationship between geography and network topology from three points of view. The IXmaps project at the University of Toronto attempts to analyse traffic to understand where it is going with, so far, a particularly Canadian focus. ISOC's Internet Exchange efforts are focussed on improving local internconnections within underserved regions. And CAIDA has been undertaking analysis of Internet traffic, including its relationship to geography, for many years. Each panellist will make a brief presentation, and then we will discuss the implications of their findings.