Measurement Tool of One-Way Packet Loss Rates Based on Network Tomography

Masato TSURU
Yuji OIE

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E86-D    No.11    pp.2334-2342
Publication Date: 2003/11/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on New Technologies in the Internet and their Applications)
measurement tool,  one-way packet loss,  network tomography,  

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The recent evolution on the network tomography have successfully provided principles and methodologies of inferring network-internal (local) characteristics solely from end-to-end measurements, which should be followed by deployment in practical use. In this paper, two kinds of user-oriented tools for inferring one-way packet losses based on the network tomography are proposed. They can infer one-way packet loss rates on paths or path segments from/to a user-host (a client) to/from a specified target host (an application server or a router) without any measurement on the target, and thus can find the congested area along the path between the client and an application server. One is a stand-alone tool running on the client, and the other is a client-server style tool running on both the client and a proxy measurement server distributed in the Internet. Prototypes of the tools have been developed and evaluated by experiments in the actual Internet environment, which shows that the tools can infer the loss rates within 1% errors in various network conditions.

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