[unisog] Posting of Bandwidth Hogs

Mitch Collinsworth mitch at ccmr.cornell.edu
Tue Oct 15 13:43:03 GMT 2002

Of course this only happened _after_ the meltdown.  Things had gotten
so bad that I was getting complaints from faculty and staff that they
were experiencing many-second keystroke echo (when they experienced
keystroke echo at all) when using ssh from their home machine on cable
modem to their office machine.  The funny thing was I was experiencing
no problem at all over my 56k modem, seeing as how the modem pool is
on-campus and thus doesn't go through the internet connection.
Complainants were not amused when I suggested they could improve
performance by switching from cable modem back to dial-up.

It was only after conditions finally degraded to this point that we
succeeded in convincing the central network folks that they had to do
something to throttle the excessive recreational use of bandwidth in
the resnet, as it was now demonstrably interfering with university
business and sponsored research.  After a long period of insisting
that bandwidth would not be limited in any way, course was changed
and bandwidth limiting was finally put in place.  [And in defense of
our fine networking folks, it was not their decision previously to not
institute bandwidth shaping, that decision came to them from above.]

Results from the staff/faculty side were immediate improvement.  If
memory serves, this is when the students finally took an interest in
the subject and presumably when the student assembly got involved.

I, too, would be interested in what if any results have been achieved
through this effort.  Nothing has been published that has come to my
attention so far.


 Mon, 14 Oct 2002, eward {Elaine N. Ward, ISO} wrote:

> Mary--
> Another approach might be to talk with Cornell's IT group to see what their
> experience has been in a peer security awareness campaign. Cornell's Student
> Assembly Committee on Information and Technologies and Resnet has posted
> some pretty amazing information about high bandwidth usage associated with
> P2P programs.  They explain why this is of no benefit to their institution,
> and tell students what they need to do.
>  http://www.cit.cornell.edu/computer/students/bandwidth/charts.html
> Elaine N. Ward
> Information Technology Policy Officer
> The University of Texas at Austin
> (475-9482
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Cormack [mailto:A.Cormack at ukerna.ac.uk]
> Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 8:37 AM
> To: 'Mary M. Chaddock'; unisog at sans.org
> Subject: RE: [unisog] Posting of Bandwidth Hogs
> One of the universities on JANET used a more subtle form of peer
> pressure on their residences network. They notified everyone in the
> residences that they could throttle the bandwidth of the hall Internet
> connection and that the limit would be reduced if the link caused
> trouble either on or off campus. No need to publish any stats or
> identities: it turns out the students have a pretty good idea of who is
> burning up the packets (or maybe those who knew they were thought
> everyone else knew too...) and word got around pretty fast. Result is a
> network where everyone can do what they need to, no complaints and
> everyone happy. Might be worth a try?
> Andrew
> --------------------
> Andrew Cormack
> Chief Security Advisor
> UKERNA, Atlas Centre, Chilton, Didcot, Ox11 0QS, UK
> Phone: +44 (0)1235 822302
> Fax: +44 (0)1235 822399
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mary M. Chaddock [mailto:unisog-post at waldo.acu.edu]
> > Sent: 11 October 2002 23:10
> > To: unisog at sans.org
> > Subject: [unisog] Posting of Bandwidth Hogs
> >
> >
> > We are considering the use of peer presure to help regulate
> > the bandwidth
> > usage.
> >
> > Are any universitiies posting "Top Bandwidth Hog" lists? If
> > so are, how
> > are you doing it? What information to you provide? Who has access to
> > it?
> >
> > Have you noticed results? What do the students think of this?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > -Mary.
> >
> >
> > Mary M. Chaddock, GSEC, GCUX
> > Network Security Administrator
> > Abilene Christian University
> > Abilene, Tx.
> >

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