Behind this cryptic title is the announcement of awarding credits for RIPE Atlas User-Defined Measurements (UDM) to RIPE NCC members: Local Internet Registries (LIRs). Limited test program will start at RIPE64 meeting in Ljubljana, 16-20 April.
Customised Measurements for LIRs
In order to provide additional benefits to members of the RIPE NCC, RIPE Atlas platform now can be used to schedule customised measurements even by the organisations that are not hosting one or more Atlas probes.
We want to involve RIPE NCC membership to explore the features that were until now reserved for the enthusiastic (mostly very technically oriented) volunteers that were hosting the probes, or sponsoring organisations that wanted to support RIPE Atlas platform. All LIRs are, in a sense, micro-sponsoring RIPE Atlas through the yearly membership fees. Now that RIPE Atlas has reached two major milestones - launch of User Defined Measurements (UDM) and unified access to all RIPE NCC services through the single log-in credentials - it is possible for us to start next phase of added-value services for membership.
Pilot at RIPE64
We are specifically inviting those LIRs that do not host a probe already, and those who will be present at the RIPE64, in order to discuss the features and check their credentials in person. However, application is open to any member of the RIPE NCC.
We will be holding a UDM BoF session on Thursday, 19 April, at 17:45 , where we want to discuss details of this pilot program, and other possible member-specific services, along with the existing beta-testers who will be exchanging their UDM experiences with us and each other.
Become a millionaire!
We want to keep this pilot very small, therefore it is initially limited to 20 LIRs, and preference goes to those who are not already hosting a probe. We are aiming at only one person per LIR. We will process the request on first-come-first-served basis.
If you are selected, you will receive ONE MILLION credits!
This sounds like a lot, but it is equivalent to the credits "earned" for a month and a half by a host of each probe (if the probe stays "up" for the whole month).
When you start using credits for scheduling measurements, current daily limits will make sure that you don't spend them all at once, and will make your MILLION CREDITS last you at least two months of very active measurements!
This is just one-off award. The structural "credits to membership" distribution is open to discussion, either at the UDM BoF or later on, on the mailing lists.
Apply now for your UDM credits
If you use other channels (Twitter, Facebook, RIPE Labs comment) we might notice your application later and react to it slower.
Prerequisites are: you must be from an LIR, and have an RIPE NCC Access account that is associated with that LIR on LIR Portal. With that account you need to visit RIPE Atlas at least once, so that we know of you too :)
Since we are still only putting the system in place to allow non-hosts to do measurements, we will take at least 24 hours to perform all the checks and let you know if you made it to the pilot-program or not. In the meantime, you can look around and access all the public measurements to the fixed targets that are available on atlas.ripe.net.