YouTube traffic dynamics and its interplay with a tier-1 ISP: An ISP perspective

Vijay Kumar Adhikari, Sourabh Jain, Zhi Li Zhang

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In this paper we conduct an extensive and in-depth study of traffic exchanged between YouTube data centers and its users, as seen from the perspective of a tier-1 ISP in Spring 2008 after YouTube was acquired by Google but before Google did any major restructuring of YouTube. Using flow-level data collected at multiple PoPs of the ISP, we first infer where the YouTube data centers are located and where they are connected to the ISP.We then deduce the load balancing strategy used by YouTube to service user requests, and investigate how load balancing strategies and routing policies affect the traffic dynamics across YouTube and the tier-1 ISP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIMC'10 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Internet Measurement Conference
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2010
Event10th Internet Measurement Conference, IMC'10 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: Nov 1 2010Nov 3 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference, IMC


Other10th Internet Measurement Conference, IMC'10
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • Proportional load balancing
  • Unseen traffic estimation
  • YouTube


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