Intrinsic monitoring within an IPv6 network: Relating traffic flows to network paths

Lei Shi, Alan Davy

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Abstract

A fundamental challenge of efficient network planning and traffic engineering is being able to directly relate traffic flows to network paths. In this paper we propose a new approach for network monitoring which has the ability of directly relating traffic flows to network paths, termed Intrinsic Monitoring. The approach advocates storing node and link related metrics within the packet header structure as the packet is processed through the network. Through the use of a newly proposed IPv6 Hop by Hop extension header, each intermediate node that supports such a header can use it as a medium to carry node specific metrics. This approach enables direct monitoring of both the intermediate nodes that a particular packet traverses and characteristics of the packet's spatial trajectory through the network. We demonstrate that our approach reduces the total overhead associated with collecting the metrics in comparison to the popular traceroute network diagnostics tool, while also reducing the total time taken to retrieve these metrics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 23 May 201027 May 2010

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)0536-1486

Conference

Conference2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2010
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period23/05/201027/05/2010

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