M-Lab Measurement Platform for Internet Metrics
Speaker: Meredith Whittaker & Tiziana Refice, Google Research
Date: Monday, November 19 2012
Time: 4:00PM to 5:30PM
Location: Kiva (32-G449)
Host: Bill Lehr, CSAIL
Contact: Bill Lehr, 617-258-0630, email@example.comRelevant URL: http://www.measurementlab.net/
Measurement Lab (M-Lab, www.measurementlab.net/) is a collaborative effort founded by Vint Cerf and a large body of network researchers to promote network science at scale. M-Lab provides researchers with an (near) global server platform on which they can run open source network measurement tools. All the data collected by these tools are made publicly available. As of Sep 2012, M-Lab publishes by the far the largest repository of open, real-world, globally comparable network measurement data (over 600 terabytes!). These data are being used by researchers as the basis for peer-reviewed papers, as well as by governments and national regulators, and civil society groups. M-Lab's model of nose-to-tail openness
creates a measurement ecosystem rooted in a commitment to the scientific process, providing scientists,
policy-makers, and consumers access to the same pool of open, scientifically-verifiable data about network performance. With this, research, debate, and consumer choice can be founded on fact, not assertion, and the state of the art can move forward from there.
Why is M-Lab relevant to the MIT community?
• M-Lab provides an Internet-scale ecosystem for open network measurement. M-Lab is the only platform of its kind, as it covers much of the globe and requires openness at all steps of the process to ensure scientifically-verifiable measurement.
• M-Lab allows researchers to focus on research. Researchers can deploy tools on M-Lab’s globally-distributed server platform, without having to take care of managing such infrastructure. Similarly, M-Lab offers +600TB of data to researchers who wish to answer questions about Internet performance without developing a new tool.
• M-Lab helps promote open data as the basis for good policy and facilitates an exchange between the research community and the policy space. The M-Lab platform and M-Lab’s data are currently used by the FCC, the EETT (Greece’s national telecom regulator), the European Commission, and many others.
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