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Experimental Evaluation of the Impact of Packet Capturing Tools for Web Services

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Executive Summary

Network measurement is a discipline that provides the techniques to collect data that are fundamental to many branches of computer science. While many capturing tools and comparisons have made available in the literature and elsewhere, the impact of these packet capturing tools on existing processes have not been thoroughly studied. While not a concern for collection methods in which dedicated servers are used, many usage scenarios of packet capturing now requires the packet capturing tool to run concurrently with operational processes. In this paper, the authors perform experimental evaluations of the performance impact that packet capturing process have on web-based services; in particular, they observe the impact on web servers.

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