Measurements with the Masses


The network measurement community has produced an impressive set of network measurement tools to which a few are added each year. A few prominent examples have seen wide-spread deployment covering large parts of the Internet but there is arguably one network segment which is extremely difficult to cover: host-to-host measurments with measurement instrumentation on ‘regular’ end devices. The problems in this space are manifold, but the main challenge is non-technical: incentivising ‘regular’ Internet citizens to take part in an experiment. In this paper, we look at the challenges, examples of measurements which involved end users and conclude with potential actions which would make measurements involving end users easier.

IRTF & ISOC Workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM) 2015