The University’s RouteViews project was initially conceived as a tool for Internet operators to obtain real-time information about the global routing system from the perspectives of several different backbones and locations around the Internet. Although other tools handle related tasks, such as the various Looking Glass Collections (see e.g., TRACEROUTE.ORG), they typically either provide only a constrained view of the routing system (e.g., either a single provider or the route server) or they do not provide real-time access to routing data.

While the RouteViews project was initially motivated by interest on the part of operators in determining how the global routing system viewed their prefixes and/or AS space, there have been many other interesting uses of this RouteViews data. For example, NLANR has used RouteViews data for AS path visualization and to study IPv4 address space utilization (archive). Others have used RouteViews data to map IP addresses to origin AS for various topological studies. CAIDA has used it in conjunction with the NetGeo database in generating geographic locations for hosts, functionality that both CoralReef and the Skitter project support.


The RouteViews project is funded by the University of Oregon’s Advanced Network Technology Center, and by grants from the National Science Foundation, Cisco Systems , the Defense Advanced Research Projects AgencyJuniper Networks, Sprint Advanced Technology Laboratories, Catchpoint and the providers who graciously provide their BGP views.


Publications which used or reference RouteViews data and RouteViews-specific presentations.View the papers here.