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MINTS pages updated to year-end 2008, some new reports

The MINTS pages have been updated to present analysis of traffic data through year-end 2008. There are no major changes, growth rates continue at their old pace (although it is, by most standards, a rapid pace, it is slow only by the standards of the Internet around the turn of the decade), and there is still no sign of an exaflood that would swamp the network. If anything, the tendency seems to be towards a slowdown, not an acceleration.

The cooperative data collection and analysis effort by a group of Japanese ISPs was frequently featured in previous news item, since it provides an unparalleled level of detail about traffic in a major industrialized country. The results of the latest measurements, done in November 2008, were kindly provided by Kenjiro Cho and his colleagues, and are available at cooperative industry data. The overall growth rate over the last year stayed at about the 30% level.

The U.S. Presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009 did lead to a huge spike in traffic on U.S. networks, much smaller ones elsewhere. A very graphical illustration is available at Arbor Networks report.

Packet Clearing House PCH home page has assembled the most complete list of Internet exchanges that is available, and has both current and historical traffic data for many of them, available at PCH Internet exchange data.

Renesys provides ranking of backbone service providers based on fraction of IP space they provide transit for. This measure is based on solid analysis of routing data, and so is very reliable. The latest report Dec. 17, 2008 report from Renesys shows Level 3 wresting the top position from Sprint. It should be noted, however, that the number of IP addresses served has a weak correlation with either the volume of traffic or revenues.