[outages] Level3 taking the Southern Route from Boston to Poughkeepsie

John Barbieri tenpin784 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 15:01:01 EDT 2012


This is my trace from Summer St. in Boston:

traceroute 192.246.235.1

Type escape sequence to abort.
Tracing the route to hyphen.bard.edu (192.246.235.1)

   2 ae-2-7.bar1.Boston1.Level3.net (4.69.132.242) [AS 3356] [MPLS: 
Label 302944 Exp 0] 0 msec 0 msec 4 msec
   3 ae-0-11.bar2.Boston1.Level3.net (4.69.140.90) [AS 3356] [MPLS: 
Label 302944 Exp 0] 0 msec 0 msec 4 msec
   4 ae-8-8.ebr1.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.140.98) [AS 3356] [MPLS: 
Label 1268 Exp 0] 4 msec 4 msec 24 msec
   5 ae-81-81.csw3.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.134.74) [AS 3356] [MPLS: 
Label 1325 Exp 0] 8 msec
     ae-71-71.csw2.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.134.70) [AS 3356] [MPLS: 
Label 1325 Exp 0] 4 msec 8 msec
   6 ae-1-60.edge4.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.155.20) [AS 3356] 60 msec 8 
msec
     ae-2-70.edge4.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.155.84) [AS 3356] 4 msec
   7 4.68.111.242 [AS 3356] 4 msec
     64.215.195.229 [AS 3549] 4 msec 4 msec
   8 
HURRICANE-ELECTRIC-LLC-New-York.TenGigabitEthernet1-3.ar5.NYC1.gblx.net 
(64.209.92.98) [AS 3549] 24 msec 4 msec 4 msec
   9 10gigabitethernet4-1.core1.nyc5.he.net (184.105.213.218) [AS 6939] 
8 msec 4 msec 8 msec
  10 lightower-fiber-networks.10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.nyc5.he.net 
(216.66.50.106) [AS 6939] 8 msec 4 msec 8 msec
  11 xe-0-3-0.pghknyshj42.lightower.net (72.22.160.150) [AS 46887] 28 
msec 12 msec 8 msec
  12 ae0-pghknyshj91.lightower.net (72.22.160.158) [AS 46887] 8 msec 8 
msec 8 msec
  13 xe-7-2-0.kgtnnykgj91.lightower.net (72.22.160.107) [AS 46887] 28 
msec 8 msec 8 msec
  14 BardCollege-cust.customer.hvdata.net (64.72.66.234) [AS 46887] 8 
msec *  284 msec

I don't see it going down to DC or ATL or Miami.

--John
On 10/04/2012 01:35 PM, Steve Bohrer wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Bard College at Simon's Rock (simons-rock.edu) is a small college in 
> Southwestern Mass, with our parent campus, Bard (bard.edu), in the 
> Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY.
>
> We use a database hosted on the main campus, and poor database 
> performance here is often correlated with Level3 / Global Crossing 
> issues in New York city. Today my users are complaining about slow 
> database response, and I find that traceroutes from here, and from 
> Level3's Looking Glass Boston page now go from NYC to Poughkeepsie via 
> Washington, Atlanta, and Miami. This is a new routing; traces from 
> past months went directly from NYC to Poughkeepsie.
>
> I've reported this to our provider, who has presumably passed it along 
> to Level3, but I'm wondering if these goofy routes are part of a 
> work-around of some bigger issue in NYC, or just a screw up, or 
> perhaps there is some valid business reason for this routing change?
>
> Anyone else seeing strangeness via Level3 from NYC to the Hudson?
>
>
> Here's Level3's traceroute, from 
> http://lg.level3.net/traceroute/traceroute.cgi?site=bos1&target=hyphen.bard.edu :
>
> Show Level 3 (Boston, MA) Traceroute to hyphen.bard.edu (192.246.235.1)
>
>  1 ae-2-7.bar1.Boston1.Level3.net (4.69.132.242) 0 msec 0 msec 0 msec
>  2 ae-0-11.bar2.Boston1.Level3.net (4.69.140.90) 0 msec 0 msec 4 msec
>  3 ae-8-8.ebr1.NewYork1.Level3.net (4.69.140.98) 32 msec 32 msec 36 msec
>  4 ae-10-10.ebr2.Washington12.Level3.net (4.69.148.50) 32 msec 32 msec 
> 36 msec
>  5 ae-1-100.ebr1.Washington12.Level3.net (4.69.143.213) 36 msec 44 
> msec 44 msec
>  6 ae-6-6.ebr1.Atlanta2.Level3.net (4.69.148.105) 72 msec 36 msec 36 msec
>  7 ae-1-100.ebr2.Atlanta2.Level3.net (4.69.132.34) 32 msec 36 msec 44 
> msec
>  8 ae-2-2.ebr2.Miami1.Level3.net (4.69.140.141) 36 msec 40 msec 36 msec
>  9 ae-2-52.edge1.Miami2.Level3.net (4.69.138.107) 32 msec 36 msec 36 msec
>  10 64.209.106.214 36 msec 36 msec 36 msec
>  11 10gigabitethernet1-1.core1.atl1.he.net (72.52.92.53) [AS6939 
> {HURRICANE}] 40 msec 36 msec 40 msec
>  12 10gigabitethernet6-4.core1.ash1.he.net (184.105.213.109) [AS6939 
> {HURRICANE}] 40 msec 40 msec 52 msec
>  13 10gigabitethernet1-2.core1.nyc4.he.net (72.52.92.85) [AS6939 
> {HURRICANE}] 40 msec 48 msec 48 msec
>  14 10gigabitethernet4-1.core1.nyc5.he.net (184.105.213.218) [AS6939 
> {HURRICANE}] 40 msec 48 msec 48 msec
>  15 * lightower-fiber-networks.10gigabitethernet3-2.core1.nyc5.he.net 
> (216.66.50.106) [AS6939 {HURRICANE}] 208 msec 204 msec
>  16 xe-0-3-0.pghknyshj42.lightower.net (72.22.160.150) [AS46887 
> {LIGHTOWER}] 208 msec * 220 msec
>  17 ae0-pghknyshj91.lightower.net (72.22.160.158) [AS46887 
> {LIGHTOWER}] 92 msec 64 msec 44 msec
>  18 xe-7-2-0.kgtnnykgj91.lightower.net (72.22.160.107) [AS46887 
> {LIGHTOWER}] 196 msec 128 msec 312 msec
>  19 BardCollege-cust.customer.hvdata.net (64.72.66.234) [AS46887 
> {LIGHTOWER}] 164 msec * *
>
> (In the past, we sometimes got a nice short route directly from Level3 
> in Boston to Lightower.net in Boston, as Lightower seems to have a 
> direct link Poughkeepsie to Boston. However, when Level3 merged with 
> Global Crossing, our route to Bard started going through NYC to reach 
> Lightower, which has been more troublesome.)
>
> Thanks for any hints you can offer.
>
> Steve Bohrer
> Network Admin
> Bard College at Simon's Rock
> 413-528-7645
>
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