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Towards a Statistical Characterization of the Interdomain Traffic Matrix
J. Mikians, A. Dhamdhere, C. Dovrolis, P. Barlet-Ros, and J. Solé-Pareta, "Towards a Statistical Characterization of the Interdomain Traffic Matrix'', in Networking 2012, May 2012, pp. 111--123.
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Towards a Statistical Characterization of the Interdomain Traffic Matrix

Jakub Mikians 3
Amogh Dhamdhere 1
Constantine Dovrolis 2
Pere Barlet-Ros 3
Josep Solé-Pareta 3
1

Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis - CAIDA,
San Diego Supercomputer Center,
University of California, San Diego

2

School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology

3

UPC BarcelonaTech

Identifying the statistical properties of the Interdomain Traffic Matrix (ITM) is fundamental for Internet techno-economic studies but challenging due to the lack of adequate traffic data. In this work, we utilize a Europe-wide measurement infrastructure deployed at the GÉANT backbone network to examine some important spatial properties of the ITM. In particular, we analyze its sparsity and characterize the distribution of traffic generated by different ASes. Our study reveals that the ITM is sparse and that the traffic sent by an AS can be modeled as the LogNormal or Pareto distribution, depending on whether the corresponding traffic experiences congestion or not. Finally, we show that there exist significant correlations between different ASes mostly due to relatively few highly popular prefixes.

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