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RIPE Atlas in Latin America and the Caribbean

What is RIPE Atlas?

RIPE Atlas is a platform for Internet network parameter measurement with one of the greatest global deployment levels. It offers its members different resources that can be used to measure network performance parameters. RIPE NCC is the organization responsible for this huge project, which LACNIC supports for the region of LACNIC Latin America and the Caribbean. The platform is currently undergoing expansion, focusing mainly on those areas where penetration can be increased, namely Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. For more information, please visit the RIPE Atlas website.

How does it work?

RIPE Atlas is an active measurement platform, which means it uses sensors deployed over the Internet. The network comprises two types of sensors:

  1. Probes: Small, easy to install devices used to run local measurements. Probes use very little bandwidth and don't sniff traffic on the network on which they are connected.

  2. Anchors: Larger, rack-mounted devices capable of running much higher numbers of measurements. These devices provide targets for multiple tests conducted by other devices, so they must be deployed on networks with high band width and availability.

Certain basic experiments such as pings and traceroutes to DNS root servers are being performed on RIPE Atlas. The data generated by these experiments is always available to those participating in the project.

RIPE Atlas can be programmed to perform user-defined measurements (UDMs).

To run these measurements, devices must have a favorable credit balance, as each measurement requires a few credits. Credits are earned when the sensors hosted by each participant are connected to the Internet so that other RIPE Atlas sensors can see them and use them to run their own measurements. Once a participant decides to conduct a specific measurement using the RIPE Atlas platform, credits are deducted from this participant's account. Credits can also be transferred between RIPE NCC accounts. For more information on the RIPE Atlas credit system, click here.

The sensors mentioned above can be used to run several types of tests. The following is a list of currently available tests: * ping * traceroute * DNS * HTTP GET * SSLcert

What does RIPE Atlas participation involve?

Participating in this project involves hosting probes or anchors on our networks. Hosting a probe requires only an Internet connection; in addition to connectivity, hosting an anchor also requires rack space in a climate-controlled facility.

How can I participate in the RIPE Atlas project?

Anyone can join this project. There are different levels of participation, ranging from simply using collected data to active participation in generating measurements.

  1. The first step for joining the project is creating a RIPE NCC Access account. This will allow you to manage sensors, measurements and more.

  2. Once the account is created, you can apply for a probe (small measurement device)and begin running measurements (and earning credits). This makes the owner of the probe a Probe Host.

  3. If you would like to go a step further, you can apply for a RIPE Atlas anchor. This makes the owner of the anchor an Anchor Host. Anchors are not free and are meant for organizations and not individuals.

Become a sponsor

A sponsor is an individual or organisation that provides financial support for RIPE Atlas. Sponsors can choose to distribute probes themselves to whomever they like; they can "adopt" existing probes that are already active in the network; or they can sponsor future probes that the RIPE NCC will distribute.

Learn more about becoming a sponsor in the Become a RIPE Atlas Sponsor page.

Become an ambassador

An ambassador is someone who helps us distribute probes and expand the RIPE Atlas network so that the entire Internet community can benefit from the data we collect about Internet performance.

Learn more about becoming an ambassador in the (Become a RIPE Atlas Ambassador page)[https://atlas.ripe.net/get-involved/become-a-ripe-atlas-ambassador/].

RIPE Atlas platform status in LAC

The platform is growing steadily at global level, with greater presence in Europe and North America. Increasing the project's presence in regions capable of hosting a higher number of measurement devices is part of the RIPE Atlas project's roadmap. In collaboration with RIPE NCC, LACNIC is supporting the expansion of the RIPE Atlas network within Latin America and the Caribbean.

Benefits of hosting a probe

Having a RIPE NCC Access account allows a participant to see information on public measurements conducted on the RIPE Atlas platform. Hosting one or more probes has several benefits, both for the RIPE Atlas community as well as for the host. A probe allows its host:

In addition, an anchor allows its host:

Applying for a RIPE NCC Access account

In order to manage the measurement devices, see and run measurements, transfer credits and other options, a RIPE NCC Access account is required. To create your account you must complete the following form.

Requesting a probe

Requesting an anchor

Earning credits

Privacy

RIPE Atlas measurement devices do not promiscuously listen to the network on which they are installed, nor do they send information without the owner's consent. Although these devices include a wireless interface, this interface is currently factory disabled and cannot be enabled.

Some use cases

Below is a list of cases where the use of the RIPE Atlas network made it possible to collect important data.

For more use cases, please visit the RIPE Labs website.

GitHub

Join the RIPE Atlas community at GitHub to see other useful community projects!

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