Date Added: Apr 2011
In this paper a three-dimensional (size, duration and rate) flow traffic characterization framework is proposed. Detailed investigation of application clusters in the characterization space is discussed and examples from specific applications (P2P, gaming, social networking, video playback) are presented. The framework provides an in-depth understanding of Internet traffic as demonstrated on measured traffic from a commercial network. It is vital to understand the nature of Internet traffic flows and to characterize them for proper traffic monitoring, modeling and management purposes.