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On the Growth of Internet Application Flows: A Complex Network Perspective

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Internet structure possesses many properties of complex networks. However, existing studies are often constrained to deriving web connections based on partial data collected, and the actual Internet traffic and user behaviors are far from being understood. With detailed traffic flow records collected through powerful hardware-based monitors, the authors study from the perspective of complex network the characteristics of four types of traffic: P2Pdownload, HTTP, Instant Messaging and overall traffic. Based on the data analysis and comparison of different applications, they confirm that both the distributions of node degree and strength of nodes/edges follow power law but they have significant different exponents.

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