On the Characteristics and Origins of Internet Flow Rates

TitleOn the Characteristics and Origins of Internet Flow Rates
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsZhang, Y., Breslau L., Paxson V., & Shenker S.
Published inProceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Conference
Other Numbers3519

This paper considers the distribution of the rates at whichflows transmit data, and the causes of these rates. First,using packet level traces from several Internet links, andsummary flow statistics from an ISP backbone, we examineInternet flow rates and the relationship between the rateand other flow characteristics such as size and duration. Wefind, as have others, that while the distribution of flow ratesis skewed, it is not as highly skewed as the distribution offlow sizes. We also find that for large flows the size and rateare highly correlated. Second, we attempt to determine thecause of the rates at which flows transmit data by developinga tool, T-RAT, to analyze packet-level TCP dynamics. Inour traces, the most frequent causes appear to be networkcongestion and receiver window limits.

Bibliographic Notes

Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Conference, pp. 309-322, Pittsburgh, Pensylvania

Abbreviated Authors

Yin Zhang, L. Breslau, V. Paxson, and S. Shenker

ICSI Research Group

Networking and Security

ICSI Publication Type

Article in conference proceedings