System73 IEEE publication: Did the Super Bowl Kill the Internet?
This paper, published by the IEEE, presents System73’s analysis of the border gateway protocol (BGP) updates registered during Super Bowl 2016 in order to understand how a large streaming event affects the Internet at the BGP level. Our findings showed an increase in the number of updates during key times when large numbers of concurrent viewers connected to the game’s stream, resulting in many dampening and flapping events and negatively affecting the QoE for viewers. Ultimately, our study suggests that the Internet is not prepared to accommodate the potential streaming traffic generated during major events. This is of utmost importance for content providers and content delivery networks when designing their distribution strategies. They should not only consider the scalability of their own video streaming infrastructures, but also the way in which data reaches viewers.
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