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A cardinal prerequisite for the proper and efficient management of a network, especially an ISP network, is to understand the traffic that it carries. Traffic profiling is a means to obtain knowledge of the traffic behavior. Previous work has been focusing on traffic profiling at the link level or the host level. However, network prefix-level traffic behaviors have not yet been investigated. In this paper, the authors are interested in empirical studies for finding and describing structural patterns in the overwhelming network measurement data, as well as obtaining insight from it, with the expected traffic profiles potentially of interest to a broad range of applications such as network management, traffic engineering, and data services.
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