Traffic Characterization in a Wide Area Network

  • Laura J. Bottomley
  • Arne A. Nilsson


Data networks are used more today than ever before for all types of traffic including file transfer, remote log in, image processing, voice, and many others. This heterogeneous mix of traffic challenges the conventional modeling techniques. In addition, the transmission rates found on data networks are increasing almost daily—from the megabit per second range to the gigabit per second range and beyond. This increase in speed serves to exacerbate the errors caused by inaccurate traffic models. For example, if instantaneous utilizations are underestimated, a network may be unable to function during peak traffic periods.


Interarrival Time Packet Length Wide Area Network Markov Modulate Poisson Process Traffic Measurement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura J. Bottomley
    • 1
  • Arne A. Nilsson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringDuke UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Center for Communications and Signal Processing Dept of Electrical and Computer EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityUSA

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