Method of Estimating Short-Interval Traffic Distributions Using MIB

Takuya ASAKA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E85-B   No.5   pp.1038-1041
Publication Date: 2002/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Network
Keyword: 
estimation,  MIB,  measurement,  traffic,  distribution,  

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Summary: 
Measuring traffic dynamics during intervals of a few seconds is important in the management of network performance. If the distribution of average traffic volume during a few seconds is measured, an administrator can manage the quality of the networks using the α percentile of the distribution. We propose a method of estimating the distribution of traffic volume during short intervals, such as a few seconds, by using only traffic information from the management information base (MIB) of routers or switches. This estimation method is based on traffic characteristics that are observed in traffic measurements in actual networks. It imposes little additional load on routers or switches and the computation time required to estimate the distribution is also short. Numerical examples using actual traffic data are also given.