report usage survey

Andrew Adams ala
Fri Jun 4 17:27:28 UTC 1993


Hi all.

As part of the NSFNET semi-weekly configuration process, Merit produces 
a collection of reports summarizing network configuration information.
These reports are:

     ans_core.now  as-as.now     as-gw.now    as-site.now  country.now
     gate-gw.now   net-comp.now  net-ter.now  net-net.now  netcount.now
     non-us.now    nss-as.now    nss-gw.now

A brief description of each report appears at the end of this survey.

We are currently re-assessing what reports we generate and would like 
to determine exactly which reports are the most useful to our customers.  Also,
customers have requested other reports that we do not now produce.  In order 
to better serve the network community with these reports, we ask you to 
complete the following survey.  Please respond to report-survey at merit.edu by 
June 30, 1993.  We hope that some ideas can be discussed informally
at the upcoming Regional Tech's meeting in Reston.

Please note that the deployment of CIDR is going to necessitate several
report changes.  For instance, perhaps all occurrences of network numbers
will need to be replaced with aggregate number/net mask pairs.  Comments
regarding these issues would be most welcome. 


(1) Which, if any, of the above reports do you use?

(2) Of the reports you use, are there fields that you ignore and that therefore
    could be removed?

(3) How often do you use these reports?

(4) Are our reports critical to your operations?

(5) Please provide a brief description of how you use these reports.

(6) Are you aware of the public Merit Policy Routing Database clients?
    (They can be found with documentation on merit.edu:/pub/src/prdbshow.tar.Z)

(7) What information would you like us to provide, either through a client
    or a report, which we do not currently provide?  Is there an existing
    report which would meet your need if additional fields were added?

(8) Additional comments

Individual responses to this survey will remain confidential.


Thank you for your time and thoughts.

Sincerely,

Merit/NSFNET staff,
Merit Network, Inc.


About Merit Policy Routing Data
The files above can be found on nic.merit.edu.  The database client code and
documentation can be found on merit.edu:/pub/src/prdbshow.tar.Z.

Report Description Summaries

Report Name                        Description
-----------                        -----------
ans_core.now    Net address, name, country, connection date, AS preferences
                for ANS CO+RE nets

country.now     Net address, name, country, connection date, AS preferences
                for all announced nets, ordered by country code

non-us.now      Net address, name, country, connection date, AS preferences
                for all non-US nets, ordered by net address

net-ter.now     Net address, name, country, connection date, AS preferences
                for all announced nets, ordered by net address

net-comp.now    Net address, connection date, AS preferences in easily parsable
                format

as-site.now     Net address, name, primary and secondary ASs, location info
                sorted by AS number

net-net.now     Net address, name, primary and secondary ASs, location info
                sorted by net address

as-gw.now       AS num, IP of gate peering for AS, NSS with which gate peers,
                protocol and gate description ordered by AS number

gate-gw.now     AS num, address of gate peering for AS, NSS with which gate 
                peers, protocol and gate description ordered by gate address

nss-gw.now      AS num, address of gate peering for AS, NSS with which gate 
                peers, protocol and gate description ordered by NSS number

as-as.now       AS number, NSS with which AS peers, AS description ordered by
                AS number

nss-as.now      AS number, NSS with which AS peers, AS description ordered by
                NSS number

netcount.now    AS name, AS number, NSS with which AS peers, number of nets
                using AS for primary, secondary or tertiary path





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