Vesna Manojlovic

RIPE Atlas Roadmap: August 2012 Update

Vesna Manojlovic
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While developing RIPE Atlas, we wish to keep the RIPE community involved and informed. We are maintaining a roadmap of the features we are working on, and with this update we are asking for feedback so that we can use it as guidance for making further plans.


The format of this RIPE Atlas roadmap update is short and sweet: a bulleted list, with pointers to more information, for the features already implemented. The further in the future the plans go, the less specific they become.The most important parts are: getting the plans across, so that you can tell us what you think about them, and the questions that we would like to get answers to.

For now, we are planning to publish these updates monthly in various formats and incorporate your answers and any other feedback manually and personally by Community Builder(s).

We are also looking into more interactive and direct ways to include the community input into the priorities of tasks of the developers. Your ideas and needs about the process are also welcome.

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RIPE Atlas probe in Montana, USA; photo credit: Ann Barcomb

Current Status

1,750 RIPE Atlas probes are up and running

  • Waiting time for new probes is less than a week

Data collected about built-in measurements is available to everyone

  • In the form of maps, public probes data and API to download latest data

The application procedure for hosting the RIPE Atlas probe made easier

Current RIPE Atlas hosts can perform more User Defined Measurements ( UDM ) than few months ago

Next Month

Users can get more flavours of customised measurements: DNS and SSL

  • New wizard for two new types of measurements, currently beta-tested

Making it possible to download measurements results without having to be logged in

  • By deploying and enabling API Keys , since the "heavy" users asked for it

Making it easier to follow the rate of deployment of RIPE Atlas probes over time

  • By updating the graphs that show the distribution and status of probes

RIPE Atlas hosts and sponsors can meet developers during RIPE 65 in Amsterdam

  • Exchange experiences, give feedback and requirements
  • Help our developers adjust their priorities if necessary

Q4 2012 Plans

Installing RIPE Atlas Anchors as new targets for predefined measurements

  • This will offer greater topological diversity for built-in measurements
  • RIPE Atlas Anchors will also become powerful probes, capable of performing more measurements than small probes

In order to remind you if the probe is not plugged in or if it is down

  • We will add more automatic email notifications of events

We will create Internet traffic maps based on RIPE Atlas data

  • Maps will illustrate the health (e.g. reachability) of measured networks

2013 Plans

  • Migrating DNSmon functionality to RIPE Atlas and RIPE Atlas Anchors
  • Representing RIPE Atlas data in RIPEstat
  • Expanding RIPE Atlas with 4,000 more probes

... and many more features, based on your feedback!

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RIPE Atlas probe in Montana, USA; photo credit: Ann Barcomb

Questions For You

  • About the current functionality: what do you want us to improve?
  • About additions that we are working on for the next release ( within a month ): what are the most-wanted features for each one of them?
  • And finally, from the less-specific planned functionalities that we will work on three-to-six months from now:
    • What do you find most important?
    • Which one(s) should we give priority to?

Direct Feedback

If you'd like to give us any other input or if you want to talk with us, you can get in touch with us via:

  • The RIPE Atlas mailing list for active users: < ripe-atlas@ripe.net >
  • Measurement, Analysis and Tools Working Group mailing list: < mat-wg@ripe.net >
  • The RIPE NCC Services Working Group mailing list: < ncc-services-wg@ripe.net >
  • Our RIPE Atlas ticket queue: < atlas@ripe.net >
  • On Twitter: to @Ms_Measurements (use #RIPEAtlas)
  • In person at RIPE 65 (stop by the RIPE NCC Info Hub)

We also follow other network operators lists and events.

For more information: https://atlas.ripe.net

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About the author

Vesna Manojlovic is Community Builder at RIPE NCC. Vesna joined the RIPE NCC as a Trainer in 1999. In 2003, she took responsibility for developing and delivering advanced courses, such as RPSL, Routing Registry, DNSSEC and IPv6. In 2008, she lead efforts to establish IPv6 RIPEness as a measure of IPv6 deployment among LIRs. In 2011, she joined the Science Division as Manager of the Measurements Community Building team; in 2015 she moved to Communications Department as Senior Community Builder, with a focus on organising hackathons. Vesna gives presentations at many technical conferences and workshops, and enjoys visiting hackerspaces. Vesna received a Batchelor of Sciences Degree in Computer Science and Informatics from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. She has three children.

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