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T. Karagiannis, K. Papagiannaki, and M. Faloutsos, "BLINC Multilevel Traffic Classification in the Dark", in ACM SIGCOMM 2005, Aug 2005.
BLINC Multilevel Traffic Classification in the Dark
Authors: T. Karagiannis
K. Papagiannaki
M. Faloutsos
Published: ACM SIGCOMM, 2005
URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1090191.1080119
Entry Dates: 2009-02-06
Abstract: We present a fundamentally different approach to classifying traffic flows according to the applications that generate them. In contrast to previous methods, our approach is based on observing and identifying patterns of host behavior at the transport layer. We analyze these patterns at three levels of increasing detail (i) the social, (ii) the functional and (iii) the application level. This multilevel approach of looking at traffic flow is probably the most important contribution of this paper. Furthermore, our approach has two important features. First, it operates in the dark, having (a) no access to packet payload, (b) no knowledge of port numbers and (c) no additional information other than what current flow collectors provide. These restrictions respect privacy, technological and practical constraints. Second, it can be tuned to balance the accuracy of the classification versus the number of successfully classified traffic flows. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on three real traces. Our results show that we are able to classify 80%- 90% of the traffic with more than 95% accuracy.
Results:
  • datasets: three traces 1) Genome campus(GN, 2003/495GB) 2) Residential universiry(UN1, 2004/1223GB) 3) Residential universiry(UN2, 2004/1652GB)
  • operate in the dark, no access to packet payload,no knowledge of port numbers and no additional information other than what current flow collectors provide
  • able to classify 80%-90% of the traffic with more than 95% accuracy;observing and identifying patterns of host behavior at the transport layer;
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