VoIP Quality Measurement System Using Flow Mediation for Large-Scale IP Networks


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B    No.7    pp.1973-1981
Publication Date: 2011/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.1973
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network Management/Operation
IPFIX,  PSAMP,  sFlow,  VoIP,  SIP,  

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We present the development of a VoIP quality of service (QoS) measurement system that enables operators to diagnose a QoS degradation segment. Our system uses a flow-based passive measurement method to fulfill the requirement for QoS measurement in large-scale IP networks. In particular, we adopt an access control list (ACL)-based filtering function that selects traffic to monitor and develop a function for correlating signals and media data records. This correlation function is required to dynamically configure ACL-based filtering for monitoring media streams whose port numbers are determined by a signaling protocol. To improve the scalability of existing measurement systems, we also develop a hardware-based filtering engine on a commercial switch as well as a mediation box that performs QoS calculation based on traffic records exported by the engine in a distributed manner. We demonstrate the feasibility of the measurement system by evaluating a prototype system.