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Dissecting Latency in the Internet's Fiber Infrastructure

@article{Bozkurt2018DissectingLI,
  title={Dissecting Latency in the Internet's Fiber Infrastructure},
  author={Ilker Nadi Bozkurt and Waqar Aqeel and Debopam Bhattacherjee and Balakrishnan Chandrasekaran and Brighten Godfrey and Gregory P. Laughlin and Bruce M. Maggs and Ankit Singla},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2018},
  volume={abs/1811.10737}
}
The recent publication of the `InterTubes' map of long-haul fiber-optic cables in the contiguous United States invites an exciting question: how much faster would the Internet be if routes were chosen to minimize latency? Previous measurement campaigns suggest the following rule of thumb for estimating Internet latency: multiply line-of-sight distance by 2.1, then divide by the speed of light in fiber. But a simple computation of shortest-path lengths through the conduits in the InterTubes map… 

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