this is a request for help in the interest of research / community.
For the past four years the WAND network research group at the
University of Waikato has been hosting the only skitter system
in the South Pacific rim.
The system measures and displays a number of important network
properties on a global scale and tracks changes on short, medium
and long time scales.
Waikato has been the beacon on the map, making sure NZ shows up
on the radar screen of the Internet (research) community. The
problem in running a skitter system is with the amount of
traffic generated, it can easily exceed 1 GByte per day, and
with traffic charging in place, this adds up to something like
NZ$50,000 per annum for us. We have been coping with a mix of
external and internal funding, but those sources have finally
dried out. The sad result is that we had to shut down the system
last week. No backup solutions so far.
This note to you to explore if any of you have an idea on
alternative placements, preferably with no volume charging
in place at all, or, with a nominal fee. There is little
chance we can keep operating a machine here in NZ if the
amount of funding required is going to be substancial.
Joerg B. Micheel Email: <joerg(a)nlanr.net>
NLANR MNA at SDSC/UCSD Page: <joerg(a)vodafone.net.nz>
The University of Waikato, CompScience Phone: +64 7 8384794
Private Bag 3105 Fax: +64 7 8585095
Hamilton, New Zealand Plan: PMA, TINE and the DAG's
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