Characterizing internet backbone traffic based on deep packets inspection and deep flows inspection

Jie Yang, Lun Yuan, Ping Lin, Rong Cong, Gang Cheng, Nirwan Ansari

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Based on the massive data collected with a passive network monitoring equipment placed in China's backbone, we present a deep insight into the network backbone traffic and evaluate various ways for improving traffic classifying efficiency in this paper. In particular, the study has scrutinized the network traffic in terms of protocol types and signatures, flow length, and port distribution, from which mean-ingful and interesting insights on the current Internet of China from the perspective of both the packet and flow levels are derived. We show that the classification efficiency can be greatly improved by using the information of preferred ports of the network applica-tions. Quantitatively, we find two traffic duration thresholds, with which 40% of TCP flows and 70% of UDP flows can be excluded from classification processing while the impact on classification accuracy is trivial, i.e, the classification accuracy can still reach a high level by saving 85% of the resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-54
Number of pages13
JournalChina Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Flow
  • Network traffic
  • Packet
  • Traffic characterization
  • Traffic monitoring


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