Experience in Measuring Backbone Traffic Variability: Models, Metrics, Measurements and Meaning
Understanding the variability of Internet traffic in backbone networks is essential to better plan and manage existing networks, as well as to design next generation networks. However, most traffic analyses that might be used to approach this problem are based on detailed packet or flow level measurements, which are usually not available throughout a large network. As a result there is a poor understanding of backbone traffic variability, and its impact on network operations (e.g. On capacity planning or traffic engineering). This paper introduces a metric for measuring backbone traffic variability that is grounded on simple but powerful traffic theory. What sets this metric apart, however, is that the authors present a method for making practical measurements of the metric using widely available SNMP traffic measurements.