[Community Feedback] A Hypergiant’s View of the Internet

This paper has been submitted to CCR. This is a draft version of the paper that has not been peer-reviewed. Comments on the paper or the supplementary material are encouraged through the comment facility at the bottom of this page.
T. Better, F. Cuadrado, G. Tyson, I. Castro, S. Uhlig
Abstract

The importance of IXPs to interconnect different networks and exchange traffic locally has been well studied over the last few years. However, far less is known about the role IXPs play as a platform to enable large-scale content delivery and to reach a world-wide customer base. In this paper, we study the infrastructure deployment of a content hypergiant, Netflix, and show that the combined worldwide IXP substrate is the major corner stone of its Content Delivery Network. This highlights the additional role that IXPs play in the Internet ecosystem, not just in terms of interconnection, but also allowing players such as Netflix to deliver significant amounts of traffic.

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