or BISmark is a research project and a colaboration effort between
Princeton University and
created to develop an open platform for home broadband internet research. BISmark research is centered but not limited to home network performance measurement (benchmarking). Volunteers can use BISmark to measure the performance of their ISP, visualize and monitor traffic patterns using their devices inside their home network.
BISmark is available for:
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We thank the National Science Foundation and Google for their continuing support of this effort. This work is funded under National Science Foundation awards CNS-0751134 and CNS-1059350 and a Google Focused Research Award.
BISmark volunteers host an online 24/7 device programmed to collect network performance information through automated software. BISmark only collect data from the network performance perspective and it does not collect any sensitive information from the user's traffic. The data collected is stored in a database primarily open for researches and for the users themselves. Users and researches have access to a network dashboard containing, among other things, network performance graphics, visualization tools, as well as all information related to this project. Some user profiles are highly encouraged to request a device to be shipped to their locations free of charge (except local customs fees or clearance charges), those are:
For now (and yes, we hope to continue this as long as we can sustain it), we will be happy to ship you an OpenWRT box with the Bismark firmware. The firmware currently takes only active measurements of your access link performance. We are working on a portal through which you can view your measurements (at networkdashboard.org), but that is still under development. In the future, depending on user demand, we would like to develop some other applications for the box, such as a visualization that helps users better manage usage caps, better interfaces for QoS and security in the home, etc. Those things are all in the works. Please submit feature requests!
At present, the requests for devices far outstrips our capability to satisfy the requests, so we may not be able to satisfy all requests. Please stay tuned for announcements.
We are looking for participants in regions close to measurement lab servers. We will initially ship gateways to users in these regions that allow us to achieve reasonable coverage across Internet service providers and service plans. We are also looking for participants in "interesting" places (e.g., foreign countries, developing regions).
Yes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently funded by the National Science Foundation, primarily. We have funding from Google once the NSF funding runs out. If you would like to donate to the project, or know of potential donors, please let us know!
This project started when we wanted to learn more about properties of Internet access links and realized that there wasn't much good data about it available. We wanted to develop an open-source platform for taking these kinds of measurements. As we've been developing the platform, we've been realizing the general usefulness of having a programmable gateway in the home.
A good read for addressing this question can be found at the 2. Related Work of the 2014 Usenix paper: BISmark: A Testbed for Deploying Measurements and Applications in Broadband Access Networks
We have an additional FAQ about the BISmark routers themselves here. If those FAQs don't help, please contact us at email@example.com