Networking

Network Traffic from Anarchy Online: Analysis, Statistics and Applications

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Executive Summary

The authors present a dataset - a real-world, server-side packet trace - from Anarchy Online. Anarchy Online is a science fiction-themed Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), published and developed by Funcom. They present statistics from the network traffic and show that it is a representative dataset for similar games. From the dataset, one can extract several key characteristics from such scenarios like payload sizes, packet rates, data delivery latencies, retransmission statistics, loss rates and stream correlation. The dataset can be used several ways: by replaying the game traffic, components like congestion control mechanisms, middlewares, packet schedulers, router queue behaviour, etc. can be analyzed.

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