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RIPE Atlas Interface Hackathon Results

Vesna Manojlovic — 16 Jun 2016
The third RIPE Atlas hackathon took place in Copenhagen the weekend before RIPE 72. In this article, we share the details about the hackathon and a preview of the fourth hackathon.

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It's a tradition to take photos of laptop decor

In 2015, we learned that hackathons work ! Creativity is enabled by bringing diverse people together to work on a common project and mixing skills and approaches makes for amazing results: see DataViz hackahton and  Tools hackathon results

This time around, the subject was " interfaces " - new ways to use RIPE Atlas data, new ways to display results, new combinations of ingredients leading to interesting outcomes. 

These were the differences between the third hackathon and the two previous ones:

  • Denmark is a very expensive country, therefore we are deeply grateful to Comcast for their sponsorship - their contribution made it possible.
  • Travel expenses for several attendees were partially covered by Comcast - this enabled students, researchers  and NGO participants to join
  • Due to the proximity of the RIPE meeting, some projects got to be presented to a wider audience, and some of the participants for the hackathon came from the traditional RIPE meeting audience (operators, companies) 

Numbers 

stroopwafels

Results

Multiple projects were presented , and the winner was Halo ! Their reward: present during the MAT Working Group session, and a box of stroopwafels :) 

Almost all of the projects were presented during RIPE 72 , so we will let the code, slides and videos speak for themselves (see below). 

Project People Code Other results Video Slides

Halo

(Network Outages

Dashboard)

Shane Kerr

Daniel Quinn

Désirée Milosevic

GitHub

link

  Video

Slides

(MAT WG)

Detecting Asymmetric

Routing over IXPs

Barry O'Donovan

Drew Taylor 

Jacob Drabczyk

GitHub

link

Live website:  

http://ard.inex.ie/

 

Video

Slides

(Connect

WG)

Tartiflette 

(Near Real-Time Anomaly

Detection

from RIPE Atlas Stream)

 

Randy Bush

Cristel  Pelsser

James Reilly

Alexandru Manea

Razan K Abdallah 

Wenqin Shao 

 

GitHub

link

Related work: 

RIPE Labs article  ; 

Lightning talk

Slides  /  Video

 

 

 
IP traceroute Explorer Sebastian Castro

GitHub

link

     

"IPv4 versus IPv6 -

Who connects faster?"

Vaibhav Bajpai

 

Live demo

 

Video

(MAT-WG)

Slides

(MAT-WG)

Geocoded IPv4/IPv6 

traceroutes

Asbjørn Sloth

Tønnesen

GitHub

link

 

 

 

Improvements for

IXP-Country-Jedi

based on TraIXroute

Dimitris

Mavrommatis
Edwards Mukasa
Gigis Petros

Santiago Ruano

Rincón

GitHub

link

Related work: 

RACI presentation 

about TraIXroute 

Slides  / Video  

   

Probes Lifetime

Philip Homburg

(RIPE NCC)

 

RIPE Labs article

   

Traceroute Streaming

Daniel Karrenberg 

(RIPE NCC)

GitHub

link

RIPE Labs article  ; 

Lightning talk 

Slides  /  Video

 

 

 

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Teams at work

Next time

On 22 - 23 October 2016, just before the RIPE 73 meeting we will organise another hackathon, this time focussed on tools for Internet Exchange Points. We are planning to improve a number of things:

  • Involve more mentors,  facilitators , project managers and community builders in order to better organise teamwork and allow everyone to engage their potentials in the best way
  • Have the work day a bit more structured: frequent times to review progress and get clarification and help
  • Ensure  diversity: of skills, of genders, of viewpoints
  • Ask everyone to send an email introduction in advance, to describe their skills and preferred projects

The following things went well and we will keep them: 

  • Placing a lot of effort in prior preparation pays off: logistics, communication, education
  • Room setup that encourages team cooperation: islands of tables, flip-charts, name tags
  • Friendly and informal atmosphere, supportive RIPE NCC staff members that help troubleshoot issues 

party

Closing party at the art-ship-hackerspace Illutron 

Staying in touch

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If you're interested in helping to organise or to participate in the next hackathon we'd love to hear from you!  We'd also love an invitation to be guests at your next event.  

In order to get in touch, here are some possibilities:

Hackathon participants: 

RIPE Atlas team:

  • @RIPE_Atlas on Twitter
  • ripe-atlas _at_ ripe _dot_ net for mailing list discussions
  • atlas _at_ ripe _dot_ net for tickets
 

 

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