Low-overhead end-to-end performance measurement for next generation networks

Pezaros, D.P. , Hoerdt, M. and Hutchison, D. (2011) Low-overhead end-to-end performance measurement for next generation networks. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, 8(1), pp. 1-14. (doi: 10.1109/TNSM.2011.032311.090369)

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Internet performance measurement is commonly perceived as a high-cost control-plane activity and until now it has tended to be implemented on top of the network’s forwarding operation. Consequently, measurement mechanisms have often had to trade relevance and accuracy over non-intrusiveness and cost effectiveness. In this paper, we present the software implementation of an inline measurement mechanism that uses native structures of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) stack to piggyback measurement information on data-carrying traffic as this is routed between two points in the network. We carefully examine the overhead associated with both the measurement process and the measurement data, and we demonstrate that direct two-point measurement has minimal impact on throughput and on system processing load. The results of this paper show that adequately engineered measurement mechanisms that exploit selective processing do not compromise the network’s forwarding efficiency, and can be deployed in an always-on manner to reveal the true performance of network traffic over small timescales.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pezaros, Professor Dimitrios
Authors: Pezaros, D.P., Hoerdt, M., and Hutchison, D.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Embedded, Networked and Distributed Systems (ENDS)
Journal Name:IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management
Journal Abbr.:IEEE TNSM
ISSN (Online):1932-4537
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management 8 (1) : 1-14
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