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Published October 2019 | metadata_only
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Lessons from "a first-principles approach to understanding the internet's router-level topology"


Our main purpose for this editorial is to reiterate the main message that we tried to convey in our SIGCOMM'04 paper but that got largely lost in all the hype surrounding the use of scale-free network models throughout the sciences in the last two decades. That message was that because of (1) the Internet's highly-engineered architecture, (2) a thorough understanding of its component technologies, and (3) the availability of extensive (but typically noisy) measurements, this complex man-made system affords unique opportunities to unambiguously resolve most claims about its properties, structure, and functionality. In the process, we point out the fallacy of popular approaches that consider complex systems such as the Internet from the perspective of disorganized complexity and argue for renewed efforts and increased focus on advancing an "architecture first" view with its emphasis on studying the organized complexity of systems such as the Internet.

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© 2019 Association for Computing Machinery. This article is an editorial note submitted to CCR. It has NOT been peer reviewed. The authors take full responsibility for this article's technical content. Comments can be posted through CCR Online.

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