The Email Tester Project
Electronic mail is an unquestionably vital component of the Internet
infrastructure. While the general perception of email is that it
``just works,'' surprisingly little data is available to substantiate
this claim. Although SMTP is a mature technology of over twenty years,
the architecture is increasingly strained by both normal and
unsolicited load. This project is an initial step towards
active measurement and analysis
to understand the nature of the Internet's email system.
The State of the Email Address
and Rob Beverly
ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review,
Measuring the Internet's Vital Statistics
Volume 35, Number 1: January 2005.
A list of frequently asked questions is
The dataset used in the paper can be
http://ana.lcs.mit.edu/emailtester/dataset.tar.gz. Please read
which is included in the tar. The tar also includes some sample
queries to demonstrate use of the schema.
Based on this initial study, we're conducting further research
using active measurement
Questions? Comments? Flames?
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We are especially interested in new theories and ideas that help us to
explain any of the phenomena presented in the paper.