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2006 SIGCOMM Test of Time Award

The 2006 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award has been given to Vern Paxson for his paper, “End-to-End Routing Behavior in the Internet,” published in the 1996 proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Conference.

It marks a moment of change in network measurement (a new kind of network measurement). Paxson showed that, using proper statistical techniques, one could gather considerable information about the behavior of the network core using measurement stations solely at the edge of the network (40,000 end-to-end route measurements conducted using repeated “traceroutes” between 37 Internet sites).

The experimental methodology is clearly spelled out, such that the experiment is repeatable by someone else.

In 1969, when the ARPANET was being built, Len Kleinrock at UCLA was commissioned to put together a measurement center to analyze the performance of the network. Network Measurement の歴史

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