Traffic measurement and analysis

Abrahamsson, Henrik (1999) Traffic measurement and analysis. [SICS Report]



Measurement and analysis of real traffic is important to gain knowledge about the characteristics of the traffic. Without measurement, it is impossible to build realistic traffic models. It is recent that data traffic was found to have self-similar properties. In this thesis work traffic captured on the network at SICS and on the Supernet, is shown to have this fractal-like behaviour. The traffic is also examined with respect to which protocols and packet sizes are present and in what proportions. In the SICS trace most packets are small, TCP is shown to be the predominant transport protocol and NNTP the most common application. In contrast to this, large UDP packets sent between not well-known ports dominates the Supernet traffic. Finally, characteristics of the client side of the WWW traffic are examined more closely. In order to extract useful information from the packet trace, web browsers use of TCP and HTTP is investigated including new features in HTTP/1.1 such as persistent connections and pipelining. Empirical probability distributions are derived describing session lengths, time between user clicks and the amount of data transferred due to a single user click. These probability distributions make up a simple model of WWW-sessions.

Item Type:SICS Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Traffic measurement, self-similarity
ID Code:2248
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:29 Jul 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:03

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