Internet diameter?

ah-ha! :slight_smile: good, much easier to see the point with the goal in mind :slight_smile:
So… you COULD spin up some set of traceroute measurements from ripe-atlas, right? pick 5 probes per city and traceroute to common targets?

I think there are a few things to consider:

  1. not ever network exposes their hops all the time (mpls where the paths no-decrement-ttl, for instance).
  2. the common user traffic pattern is likely not to fall into the ‘too many hops’ problem because of cdn and/or other trickery to shorten the path between end-user && content (to increase effective bw to the customer AND lower latency,etc)
  3. I would think it rare for consumers (the largest pool of internet users by role) to need to send packets to the far side of the internet
    Or put another way: “How would you pick what’s important to measure to?”