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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Impact of the Waves of COVID on Internet Traffic

 Quite an interesting piece on how changes in external context can change the ebb and flow of the internet.    And an attempt to make sense of the numbers.   Useful for future planning and redesign.  And more consideration of how the Internet is now a real part of our key infrastructure.  And determination of the nature of normal. Reading. 

A Year in Lockdown: How the Waves of COVID-19 Impact Internet Traffic  in CACM

By Anja Feldmann, Oliver Gasser, Franziska Lichtblau, Enric Pujol, Ingmar Poese, Christoph Dietzel, Daniel Wagner, Matthias Wichtlhuber, Juan Tapiador, Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, Oliver Hohlfeld, Georgios Smaragdakis

Communications of the ACM, July 2021, Vol. 64 No. 7, Pages 101-108 10.1145/3465212

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. As a result, billions of people were either encouraged or forced by their governments to stay home to reduce the spread of the virus. This caused many to turn to the Internet for work, education, social interaction, and entertainment. With the Internet demand rising at an unprecedented rate, the question of whether the Internet could sustain this additional load emerged. To answer this question, this paper will review the impact of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic on Internet traffic in order to analyze its performance. In order to keep our study broad, we collect and analyze Internet traffic data from multiple locations at the core and edge of the Internet. From this, we characterize how traffic and application demands change, to describe the "new normal," and explain how the Internet reacted during these unprecedented times .....' 

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