A Measurement Study of Active Probing on Access Links

Abstract : This paper presents a measurement study of two different methods for active probing of cross traffic on access links. The categories used in the study are packet pair probing and one-way-delay probing. The first approach uses measured increase in packet spacing as indicator of cross traffic presence, while the latter uses increase in one-way-delay for probe packets as indicator. These methods have been chosen because they are fundamentally different in terms of requirements, benefits and challenges. The main novelty of this paper is the presentation and discussion of measurement results from an access network using an adaptive video service as cross-traffic. The findings clearly illustrate the potential strengths of a probing method based on one-way-delay measurements, under the condition that the required timing accuracy is achieved and delay characteristics is available for the involved network path. The benefit of using Precision Time Protocol instead of Network Time Protocol is illustrated, even in networks of limited size.
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Bjørn Villa, Poul Heegaard. A Measurement Study of Active Probing on Access Links. 19th Open European Summer School (EUNICE), Aug 2013, Chemnitz, Germany. pp.124-135, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40552-5_12⟩. ⟨hal-01497009⟩

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