A Framework for Passive Packet Measurement

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Authors Jennifer Rexford  , Matthias Grossglauser  , Nick Duffield  , Albert Greenberg 
Last updated 2002-03-07
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A wide range of traffic engineering and troubleshooting tasks rely on reliable, timely, and detailed traffic measurements. We describe a passive packet measurement framework that is (a) general enough to serve as the basis for a wide range of operational tasks, and (b) relies on a small set of primitives that facilitate uniform deployment in router interfaces or dedicated measurement devices, even at very high speeds. This document describes the motivation for such a framework through several operational examples, defines the measurement primitives (filtering, sampling, and hashing), and illustrates their use.


Jennifer Rexford (jrex@research.att.com)
Matthias Grossglauser (mgross@research.att.com)
Nick Duffield (duffield@research.att.com)
Albert Greenberg (albert@research.att.com)

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