AjaxTracker: Active Measurement System for High-Fidelity Characterization of AJAX Applications

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Executive Summary

Cloud-based Web applications powered by new technologies such as Asynchronous Javascript and XML (Ajax) place a significant burden on network operators and enterprises to effectively manage traffic. Despite increase of their popularity, the authors have little understanding of characteristics of these cloud applications. Part of the problem is that there exists no systematic way to generate their workloads, observe their network behavior today and keep track of the changing trends of these applications. This paper focuses on addressing these issues by developing a tool, called AJAXTRACKER, that automatically mimics a human interaction with a cloud application and collects associated network traces.

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