Untangling the world-wide mesh of undersea cables

Zachary S. Bischof, Romain Fontugne, Fabian E Bustamante

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

The growth of global Internet traffic has driven an exponential expansion of the submarine cable network, both in terms of the sheer number of links and its total capacity. Today, a complex mesh of hundreds of cables, stretching over 1 million kilometers, connects nearly every corner of the earth and is instrumental in closing the remaining connectivity gaps. Despite the scale and critical role of the submarine network for both business and society at large, our community has mostly ignored it, treating it as a black box in most Internet studies, from connectivity to inter-domain traffic and reliability. We make the case for a new research agenda focused on characterizing the global submarine network and the critical role it plays as a basic component of any inter-continental end-to-end connection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages78-84
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450361200
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2018
Event17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2018 - Redmond, United States
Duration: Nov 15 2018Nov 16 2018

Publication series

NameHotNets 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks

Other

Other17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, HotNets 2018
CountryUnited States
CityRedmond
Period11/15/1811/16/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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