Verfploeter consists of:
- a pinger that sends probes to target networks
- packetcapr that records replies at each anycast site
- (as an alternative to packetcapr, one can just run tcpdump; we use
tcpdump -s 0 -n -i eth0 -w file.pcap icmp and host TARGETIP )
- pingextract that pulls data out of the ping replies
- plotter visualizes catchments on a world map
Verfploeter is written by Wouter de Vries at University of Twente.
Verfploerter_plotter was developed by John Heidemann and ASM Rizvi.
Verfploeter is described in the papers, and a pre-release version of verfploeter_plotter was in:
Wouter B. de Vries, Ricardo de O. Schmidt, Wes Hardaker, John Heidemann, Pieter-Tjerk de Boer and Aiko Pras 2017. Verfploeter: Broad and Load-Aware Anycast Mapping. Proceedings of the ACM Internet Measurement Conference (London, UK, 2017), 477–488.
On the probing side:
- get an IP hitlist. We recommend the most recent one (see all our datasets and instructions to get them).
- start capture at each site
pinger, feeding it the hitlist on stdin. Specify an integer measurement identifier with the
-i switch (e.g.
On the capture side:
- run packetcapr or tcpdump
At the central site, with packetcapr:
Or on the central site, manually:
- copy the tcpdump files locally
extract the data with
pingextract --identifier SITENAME --sequence NUMBER INPUTFILE > OUTPUTFILE where NUMBER is the same number you passed to pinger above (4242 in the example).
pingextract is distributed with packetcapr source code)
- copy each site’s tcpdump files locally
- extract the data with pingextract using the same measurement identifier from above with the -i switch (e.g. -i 4242). This will produce a CSV file of addresses seen at the site to further process.
Sample hitlists to drive Verfploter are available;
see our hitlist webpage.
Visualizing the Results
Show the output with
It requires geolocation data available from our datasets (use the outage supplementatal dataset with about the same time).