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Despite its obvious success, robustness, and scalability, the Internet suffers from a number of end-to-end performance and availability problems. In this paper, we attempt to quantify the Internet's inefficiencies and then we argue that Internet behavior can be improved by spreading intelligent routers at key access and interchange points to actively manage traffic. Our Detour prototype aims to demonstrate practical benefits to end users, without penalizing non-Detour users, by aggregating traffic information across connections and using more efficient routes to improve Internet performance.

A. Aggarwal et al., "Detour: Informed Internet Routing and Transport," in IEEE Micro, vol. 19, no. , pp. 50-59, 1999.
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